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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that originated in China 5,000 years ago and has been used by nearly one-third of the world as a primary care system, and in many more countries as non-conventional therapy. It was introduced in the U.S. in the 1970's and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Acupuncture uses thin, sterile needles inserted at certain points on the body to stimulate the body's natural healing process. When the needles are inserted, the majority of patients feel minimal discomfort. After acupuncture, patients often experience a calming effect and an improved sense of well-being, in addition to getting relief from their symptoms.

How to Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an acupuncture appointment at the Pain Center, call 651-232-5354

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What can acupuncture treat?

Commonly treated conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Acute and chronic pain conditions
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle & joint pain (arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache and migraine
  • Pain/discomfort during menstrual cycle
  • Neuropathy

What happens during a treatment?

Your acupuncturist will ask you questions about the condition you are seeking treatment for, and about your general health history. You will then lie comfortably on the treatment table while needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points and be asked to relax for 30 minutes with the needles in. Your visit may also consist of additional treatment techniques common in traditional Chinese medicine, such as cupping or tuina (Chinese medical massage), as needed.

How many treatments will I need?

You may feel benefits after your first treatment, and most patients will feel the benefits after 3-6 treatments. The amount and frequency of treatments needed will depend upon each patient.

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on your individual insurance coverage. Health Savings Account and cash payments for those without insurance coverage for acupuncture are also accepted.

To learn more

Call the Pain Center at 651-232-5354 to schedule your appointment or learn more. Go here to learn more about acupuncture and other integrative services available at HealthEast.


Larissa Vados, L.Ac
Licensed Acupuncturist