What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths. Research suggests that it can help relieve pain, and it’s used for a wide range of other complaints. An acupuncturist will insert needles into a person’s body with the aim of balancing their energy. It can help boost wellbeing and may cure some illnesses.

How does it work?
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” pronounced “chi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.
Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridiens and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.
I’ve never had acupuncture? What should I expect?
For your first appointment, plan on about 1-1/2 hours. You will begin with a 20-30 minute consultation with Ellen Shulman, followed by an acupuncture treatment. 
We would like to see you for weekly follow-up treatments for about 4-5 weeks. Everybody’s body is different and responds to treatments differently based on your condition you are seeking treatment for and how long you have had the condition. These subsequent treatments will allow us enough time for the treatments to take effect as well as provide us with information to discuss results and your further treatment plan. Please allow about an hour for these weekly follow-up treatments.
Do you accept insurance?

More and more insurance companies are including acupuncture as part of coverage. Since every plan is different, even within a particular insurance network, we encourage our patients to contact their insurance company to inquire about acupuncture service coverage. If your insurance company covers acupuncture, as a courtesy we will submit the claim on your behalf as an out-of-network provider. Payment is always due at time of service. If our office is reimbursed, you will also see it on your regular Explanation of Benefits Statements ~ and we will credit your account accordingly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office as we are happy to explore your options.


Additional Information
Acupuncture has been proven to help in cases of:
  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • knee pain
  • tension headache and migraine
 In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed a number of conditions in which they say acupuncture has been proven effective.
These include:
  • high and low blood pressure
  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
  • painful periods
  • dysentery
  • allergic rhinitis
  • facial pain
  • morning sickness
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • sprains
  • tennis elbow
  • sciatica
  • dental pain
  • reducing the risk of stroke
  • inducing labor
 Other conditions for which the WHO say that acupuncture may help but more evidence is needed include:
  • fibromyalgia
  • neuralgia
  • post-operative convalescence
  • substance, tobaccor and alcohol dependence
  • spine pain
  • stiff neck
  • vascular dementia
  • whooping cough, or pertussis
  • Tourette syndrome
  • The WHO also suggest that it may help treat a number of infections, including some urinary tract infections and epidemic hemorrhagic fever.
Acupuncture can be beneficial in that:
  • Performed correctly, it is safe.
  • There are very few side effects.
  • It can be effectively combined with other treatments.
  • It can control some types of pain.
  • It may help patients for whom pain medications are not suitable.

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Mansfield Healing Center

450 Chauncy Street, Suite 1

Mansfield, Massachusetts 02048

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