All About Acupuncture

Learn about this scientifically-backed form of natural treatment that provides lasting relief for millions of people worldwide each year.

What Is Acupuncture Therapy?

Acupuncture involves inserting ultra-thin needles into specific points on the body, based on the belief that stimulating these points triggers the body's natural healing mechanisms, such as the release of natural painkillers and serotonin.

In the US, it started gaining mainstream popularity in the 70s and has since been endorsed by numerous health organizations, including the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University.

Millions of people worldwide are already experiencing increased wellness thanks to acupuncture. Why not join them?

Benefits of Acupuncture: Getting to the Root of Your Symptoms

Modern research suggests that acupuncture can lead to a wide array of benefits, from relieving pain and inflammation to easing stress and anxiety levels. It is thought to work by stimulating the nervous system, boosting the production of the body’s natural painkillers, enhancing blood circulation, and triggering the release of immune system cells, among other mechanisms.

Acupuncture is recognized and practiced worldwide, both as a standalone treatment and in tandem with Western medicine.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms. It promotes blood flow, which is essential for delivering oxygen, nutrients, and immune substances throughout the body. This process aids in maintaining health and healing tissue damage. 

Additionally, acupuncture induces micro-traumas that activate the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems, aiding tissue repair. It also triggers the release of natural painkillers like endorphins, enhancing pain relief and overall well-being.

Common Conditions Treated by Acupuncture

Do you experience one or more of the above conditions? Let’s start your treatment right away!

What to Expect During Your First Session

Upon arriving at Modern Acupuncture, you'll be checked in by our Zen Advisor, who will help you with patient history forms and introduce you to the Modern Acupuncture method through a brief video.

After selecting your complimentary tea, you'll be escorted to the Zen Lounge, where you'll settle into a zero-gravity, heated massage recliner.

Here, a licensed acupuncturist will discuss your wellness concerns and goals before administering a personalized treatment. As you relax for 20 to 30 minutes, therapeutic music and calming nature scenes enhance your experience, aiming for both physical relief and mental peace.

After the session, you'll receive a personalized treatment plan and answers to any questions in the lobby. Our Zen Advisor will also arrange your next visit, tailored to your health objectives.

Additional Considerations Before Your Visit

To streamline your visit, we recommend filling out patient forms online beforehand, wearing loose-fitting clothes, avoiding alcohol, and arriving a few minutes early to choose your tea and prepare for your session.

Our approach is designed to optimize your well-being from the moment you step into our clinic.

Change the Feeling Today

Our process is as smooth as our whisper-thin acupuncture needles. Simply find your nearest clinic using the map below, browse the services available and choose the one(s) that fit your health needs and goals. Book your appointment via our website and we’ll be in touch to confirm your visit.


Does acupuncture hurt?

You may feel a little sensation or tingle, but most patients don't feel anything at all and tend to fall asleep during their treatment.

How long does an acupuncture session last?

Total visit time is 30 minutes or less. Acupuncture treatments are 20 minutes. First time patients need extra time to fill out patient forms.

Is insurance required?

Our sessions and membership plans are very affordable so insurance isn't required. HSA and FSA plans are accepted.

 What should I wear?

Comfortable, loose clothing is recommended to provide easy adjustment if needed for acupuncture treatment areas.

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are highly encouraged to secure a preferred time. Check the clinic nearest you for walk-in availability.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects after treatment are uncommon, with most people leaving our clinics feeling deeply relaxed.

Some patients may experience mild disorientation, which typically resolves with a brief rest. We recommend eating a small meal before the session to prevent feelings of dizziness or tiredness afterward.

In rare cases, pain symptoms may temporarily worsen, or unusual fatigue may be experienced. This occurs when the brain stimulates the immune system to address the treated issue, usually subsiding within one to two days, followed by a decrease in pain levels. Additionally, feeling fatigued after a session may indicate that the body is low on energy or has been under significant tension.

Where are needles inserted?

Your acupuncturist will treat according to your individual wellness concerns. Points may include areas of pain and other acupuncture points.

As a patient, what can I do to make my treatment more effective?

To make your treatment as effective as possible, consider these tips:

  • Complete patient forms online before your appointment to save time.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to allow your licensed acupuncturist easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to settle in, choose your tea, and silence your phone.
  • Openly share your wellness concerns and goals with your acupuncturist.
  • Relax during your session; it's perfectly fine to fall asleep!
  • Take your acupuncturist's lifestyle advice seriously and incorporate it into your daily routine.
  • Remember, acupuncture benefits are cumulative and optimal results require time and consistency!

Find a Clinic Near You

Our clinics are located across the country. Use the map to find the nearest one, and if we haven't reached your area yet, subscribe to our newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page to be notified when we do!

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