Acupuncture in Needham, Wellesley, Waltham, and Newton The Top 3 Questions People Have About Acupuncture

When I tell people I am an acupuncturist, they usually have one of two reactions. The first is that they have had acupuncture and know that it works. The second is that they know someone who has tried it but are a little hesitant to have treatment themselves for whatever reason. Then they start asking questions to satisfy their curiosity. Here are the TOP 3 QUESTIONS I get asked about acupuncture.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many people have a fear of needles due to prior experience with vaccines, shots or blood work. Acupuncture is nothing like this. The pins are extremely thin and specifically designed to decrease or eliminate any painful sensation upon insertion. Once inserted, most people feel a dull ache, warmth or tingling around the insertion site. In fact, some people are so relaxed during treatment, they even doze off! That’s pretty hard to do if you are in pain.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Yes, acupuncture is great at treating pain and stress related symptoms but it is a therapy that can be used for so much more. Acupuncture can be a helpful therapy for respiratory conditions like frequent colds, bronchitis or asthma, gastrointestinal conditions like acid reflux, colitis or bowel irregularity, cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure or palpitations, and genitourinary conditions like infertility, PMS or irregular periods. Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have a list of treatable conditions which can be found at

How Does Acupuncture Work?

A great deal of research has been gathered to try and answer this question. So far, no definitive answers have been revealed but the general explanation focuses on several things. First, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the release of endorphins, chemicals responsible for the “runner’s high” feeling, which induce a euphoric sense of wellbeing and allow for a reduction of pain and stress. Second, acupuncture is believed to positively affect the autonomic nervous system which regulates all those involuntary body reactions like circulation, blood pressure, gastrointestinal movement (stomach grumbling during treatment anyone?) and production of immune system components. Current research is aimed at determining which areas of the brain are active during treatment and why acupuncture points are located where they are.

So you can see, acupuncture is not as mysterious as it seems and you can find some more answers to your questions at Of course, I’d love to talk about what I do an as an acupuncturist, so feel free to contact me at if you’d like to chat.