Acupuncture Health Services

Acupuncture: one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine

Can acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture is useful for a variety of illnesses, both chronic and acute. It is equally suited for use as a form of preventive medicine, to maintain one's health and enhance physiological function such as the immune system, musculoskeletal health, fertility, circulation, as well as mental and emotional balance.

Conditions treatable with acupuncture

From the World Health Organization

Does acupuncture hurt?

While most acupuncturists will tell you that acupuncture doesn't hurt (and most acupuncture patients will tell you that an acupuncture treatment is quite relaxing) the chance of feeling some discomfort during an acupuncture treatment is non-zero. It really depends on several factors:

The experience of the acupuncturist

Perhaps the most important factor. The same treatment can be performed by different acupuncturists on the same patient, and the practitioner with the most clinical experience, defter fingers, and a more pleasant bedside manner will produce the most pain-free experience.

The size of the needles being used

Acupuncture needles range in thickness from .4mm to 1.4mm. Different styles of acupuncture employ different ranges of size. For examle, a Japanese-style trained acupuncturist typically uses the thinnest needles, while Chinese and Korean styles tend toward the thicker needles. Your acupuncturist will keep a variety of sizes on hand to meet your comfort level.

The patient's own pain threshold

This is actually influenced not only by physiology (the individual's pain tolerance), but also culturally. A more stoic culture, such as China where acupuncture developed, is more accepting of the discomfort that may manifest from the thicker needles often used by Chinese acupuncturists.

Acupuncture on Martha's Vineyard

Relocated from Brookline and Natick, now operating full-time on Martha's Vineyard: Vineyard Sound Acupuncture