Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is defined as: a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

As part of our Acupuncture treatment service, we combine and utilize the following treatment techniques to help you find health. We perform an evaluation and discuss options to determine the best treatment strategies for each person on a case by case basis.


Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested method for preventing and treating various diseases, illnesses, and conditions. It is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with very thin, sterile, disposable needles to gently and painlessly stimulate certain points on the body. In its classical form it is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It has been categorized as a complementary health approach. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific Acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.

Acupuncture's use for certain conditions has been recognized by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Qi Gong

The term “Qi Gong” usually refers to a systematic practice done to help one cultivate and strengthen their Qi. This “practice” helps to improve the circulation of Qi inside your body. There are different types of Qi Gong practice, or to be more accurate, one might say there are different levels of practice. Qi Gong practices for cultivating and moving Qi are done through breathing techniques, meditation practice, the use of imagination, or a guiding technique via body posture and movement. Usually these systems and practices are created from the experience and the understanding of the Qi. Some methods might have existed for thousands of years already, while some methods might have come about or have been slightly modified within just the past one hundred years.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auriculotherapy, or Auricular therapy, or Ear Acupuncture, is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire brain as represented on the auricle (the outer portion of the ear). Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.


Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction cup is placed on the skin. It is used to mobilize and stimulate the flow of both blood and energy in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).

Gua Sha

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is rubbed in order to pool blood and energy at specific spots on the body. It is believed that gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and increases blood and energy flow, thus stimulating and quickening the body’s natural healing process.


Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa (downy material) made from dried mugwort. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China (including Tibet), Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff. Practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick (a “moxa pole”). They can use it indirectly, with Acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient's skin.

Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and Acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of qi and blood. Moxibustion is effective in treating cold and dampness in the body, and can also serve to turn breech babies. It is also very good for treating chronic problems, particularly in “deficiency conditions” or a condition of weakness.


Tuina is a Chinese style of bodywork that goes back thousands of years. This form of massage is governed by Oriental medicine and follows many of the same guidelines as acupuncture. Tuina can be used to treat a variety of musculo-skeletal issues. It's a powerful (and relaxing) form of healing. Tuina usually uses more finger pressure and stretching techniques and is done with oil.

Trigger Point Acupuncture

Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Some of these points are exactly the same as Acupuncture points.

The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable “referred pain patterns” which associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere. There is some variation in the methodology for diagnosis of trigger points and a dearth of theory to explain how they arise and why they produce specific patterns of referred pain.

Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or the “local twitch response”. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle contracting whereas the local twitch response only involves a small twitch to the entire muscle but not contraction of the entire muscle.

Among MDs, many specialists are well versed in trigger point diagnosis and therapy. These include physiatrists (physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation), family medicine, and orthopedics. Osteopathic as well as chiropractic schools also include trigger points in their training. Other health professionals, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and structural integrators are also aware of these ideas and many of them make use of trigger points in their clinical work as well.

Daoist Medical Arts

The “Dao” or the “Way” is a focus on being harmonious with the things surrounding you. This can include everything from your job, your family, your friends and daily events that come up in one’s life. A Daoist attitude encourages one to stay calm and observe the circulation of everything in the world. This “content observation” allows you to live a more relaxed, satisfying, happy, and healthy life. It is said to be the basic self-training for longevity. Understanding some of the key concepts of Daoist Medical Arts can help many people who are suffering from illness; particularly mental related issues.

Want to know what kinds of conditions Acupuncture might be able to help you with? Please check out our Acupuncture Conditions Treated Page.

If you have more questions about Acupuncture, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page or feel free to Contact Us.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines, along with other forms of treatment, to treat or prevent health problems. Chinese herbal medicine uses different herbs in a well-balanced formula: typically around six to twelve different herbs, depending on your health condition. Chinese herbs and acupuncture are both excellent healing modalities to help achieve harmony and balance within the body for a variety of conditions. Furthermore, they are synergistic and work even better when used together.

A typical Chinese Herbal pharmacy in this country has about two to three hundred different herbs. Most herbs are derived from various parts of plants such as roots, leaves, stem, and bark. Cinnamon, ginger, scallions, cloves, orange peels and licorice are among the commonly used herbs. Some actually come from food that we eat everyday – like cinnamon, ginger, scallion, orange, pearl barley, dates, etc.

What makes our herbal dispensary special?

Our qualified staff will craft a personalized formula just for you. Though the old patent formulas are proven effective, we strive to go beyond. Your herbalist will create a formula unique to your condition. All formulas are digitized and weighed using our software, unlike other dispensaries, minimizing human error. We use the highest quality herbs in our dispensary to improve your quality of life. Our herbs only come from growers and suppliers who meet our strict quality standards.

We believe that the individual approach is the best way to treat the underlying cause of symptoms and disharmony. No two people are the same - nor should two people’s formulas be the same. Your herbal formula will precisely be for you. Your prescription will be written and filled the same day of your appointment. It is our goal to help patients treat the root of their condition, not simply mask or treat symptoms like many Western medications. We will give you the most authentic and beneficial formula possible, sparing no detail.

How does it taste?

Many Chinese herbal formulas are bitter to some palates and takes times to adjust to the flavor. You may mix the tea or decoction with honey. However, you should taste the formula before you sweeten, as the honey may change the flavor. Some people mix the herbs with their favorite applesauce or yogurt (at room temperature) before taking them. Again, please follow instructions as listed by your herbalist.

Are there side-effects? Are herbs safe to take with prescription drugs?

Herbs are generally safe. Herbalists’ follow principles recommended by the Massachusetts Board of Health so, please feel free to discuss any general dietary or lifestyle concerns with your practitioner and whether herbs will have an effect on any present medications you are taking.

Though there are not many side effects, the most common side effects include slight headache and diarrhea. We cross-analyze each herbal formula with any current medications for any possible adverse interactions. *** Please contact our centers immediately if you should have an allergic reaction or adverse side effects. ***

Click here to see our FAQ and to learn more about Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Massage Therapy

Massage (or bodywork) is a manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to: enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and create a pleasurable recreational activity.

Massage involves acting upon the body either manually or with mechanical aids to create: pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving); tension; motion; or, vibration. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints and other connective tissue, lymphatic vessels or organs of the gastrointestinal system. It is usually passive and relaxes the client. All you have to do is lie on a professional massage table or sometimes sit in a massage chair. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet. You might be draped by towels or a sheet. Usually oil or lotion is used to lubricate the skin.

At Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center, we offer several types of massage services (please see the list below) in order to address both your therapeutic needs as well as the relaxation of your mind & body. Before the massage therapy begins, our licensed massage therapist will conduct an interview with you in order to understand your health condition and personal preferences. They can discuss with you which type of massage service would be the most appropriate one for your needs. Sometimes a massage therapy regimen using more than one massage service can be custom-designed to meet your goals for the session.

Brief introductions to our various massage services are offered in our center now. If there is any type of massage service you prefer and it is not listed below, please feel free to either mention it to our front desk personnel or talk to our massage therapists directly.

Deep tissue massage

Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep Tissue Massage is often recommended for clients who experience consistent pain, who are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), or who have sustained physical injury. Deep Tissue Massage is often used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders or complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. Deep tissue Massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Generally this massage is done with oil.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.


Reflexology, or zone therapy, focuses on points on the feet, hands and sometimes the ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques designed to improve health. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas which are thought to reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands. The premise is that such work effects a physical change to the body. Generally no oil is used.


Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to Acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through "meridians" in the body to affect health. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to both Acupuncture points and “trigger points” with the aim of clearing blockages as well as balancing energy in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices. It can be done with or without oil or lotion. Some medical studies have suggested that acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, and for helping lower back pain.


Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage. In Japanese it means "finger pressure". It is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Usually Shiatsu is very good in helping people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression. Generally it can be done without any oil.


Tuina is an acient Chinese style of bodywork that goes back thousands of years. This form of massage is governed by Oriental medicine and follows many of the same guidelines as Acupuncture. Tuina can be used to treat a variety of musculo-skeletal issues. It's a powerful (and relaxing) form of healing. Tuina usually uses more finger pressure and stretching techniques and is done with oil.

Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client's body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The use of hot stones for healing dates can back to ancient times. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels.

Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It's also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.

People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:

  • Back pain and aches
  • Poor circulation
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Benefits of hot stone massage:

  • Promotes deep relaxation
  • Relieves muscle tension and pain
  • Promotes sleep
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • May ease the symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
Salt Stone Massage

The Himalayan Salt Stone Massage is a hot stone massage. The difference is that the stones are made of 100% pink Himalayan Sea Salt that contains 84 naturally occurring minerals and elements.

The stones are used very similarly to the lava rocks in the regular hot stone massage.

Some of the benefits of using the Salt Stones are:

  • All of the benefits of the regular hot stones
  • Provides a gentle exfoliation of the skin
  • May have and anti-inflammatory effect
  • Helps the detoxification process of massage and may help draw toxins from the body
Aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy but with highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, added to the massage oil or lotion.

The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones.

When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.

Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.

Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their purported properties:

  • Stress: lavender, clary sage, lemon
  • Inflammation: German chamomile, helichrysum
  • Insomnia: Roman chamomile, clary sage, marjoram, patchouli
  • Lack of energy: eucalyptus, grapefruit, lemongrass, rosemary
  • Depression: nutmeg, lemon, bergamot, anise

If you have more questions about Massage, Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page.

Reiki Therapy

Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki treatment is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies. It is based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.

According to the National Institutes of Health's National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Reiki is a healing method based on an Eastern belief in an energy that supports the body’s natural ability to heal.

Clinic Hours & Rates


North Reading Center
Medford Center
Danvers Center

* Patients are seen by appointment only. Please call us during normal business hours to schedule your appointment at any one of our locations. Advanced calling allows you to reserve a time and date that works best for you.

* Online Booking for Massage and Returning Acupuncture Clients: You may now book your second appointment on your PC and mobile devices via our online booking system below. Please double check your location to see that you’ve reserved your spot at the correct center as we now have two locations; Medford and North Reading.

* Services are dependent on location and availability. Please check with the office when you make your appointment.

* We offer insurance verification service for our clients. Please click on the “Check my Insurance” button below for more information.


  Time Cost
Acupuncture Consultation15-30 min.Complimentary
Acupuncture Treatment60-90 min.---
Initial Herbal Consultation30 min.$60
Follow Up Herbal Consultation10-15 min.$15 New Prescription / $0 Refill
Initial Herbal Consultation w/ Acupuncture 20 extra min. Acupuncture price plus $20 for consult
Cupping60 min.$65
Cupping Follow up40 min.$45
Cupping with Acupuncture20 extra min. Acupuncture price plus $30 for cupping
Telemedicine - Initial Herbal Consult20-30 min.$60
Telemedicine - Follow up herbal consult10-15 min.$20
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture60 minInitial Appointment $150;Follow-up $130
Massage Therapy60/90/120 min.$95/$125/$175
Reiki Therapy30/60/90 min.$50/$85/$115


Wellness Membership $69 per month

Discounts & Package Deals

As a Thank You for Your Referrals Save 15% - As thanks, we offer a 15% discount voucher for each referral you make to Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center.


  1. 6 Treatments Package: $450
    You Save $90 (originally $540)
  2. 10 Treatments Package: $700
    You Save $200 (originally $900)

* Regular Cash Price:

Initial treatment (90 min) $105
Follow-up treatments (60 min) $90


  1. 3 Massages (60/90/120 min Swedish) $225/$315/$450
  2. 6 Massages (60/90/120 min Swedish) $420/$600/$870

* Add $15 for Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Prenatal, Sports Therapy
* Add $30 for CBD, Himalayan Heart Salt Stone, Hot stone, Reflexology, Cupping
* Regular Swedish Massage Price: 60/90/120 min. $85/$115/$165

Please Note

Discount program

Participation in a discount program at Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center begins at the time qualifying materials (insurance card or valid discount coupons) are presented to the front desk.


Patients are seen by appointment only. All first time clients are required to call the office to book their appointments. We require a credit card in order to book your appointment. **We will not charge this card at the time you book**

Please call in advance to schedule an appointment so that you can reserve the time that works best for you.

Payments Accepted

Payment in full is required at the time of treatment. For your convenience, we currently accept cash, check and debit/credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover).

Acupuncture is becoming very popular in the United States, as its benefits are being realized by more and more people. With this increase in demand, many insurance companies are offering to cover it under typical health plans. We accept many forms of insurance now, and even if we are not covered by your provider, you may be able to get reimbursed for our service. If you have any Health Insurance, Worker’s Compensation, or car Insurance which might cover acupuncture treatment, please let us know, and we can check for you to see what coverage you are eligible for. Certain discounts or coverage might be available once benefits are verified.

Cancellation and Late Policy

Your appointment time is reserved solely for you, consequently, a 24-hour cancellation policy applies to your appointment. You may leave a message on our voice mail system at any time of day to cancel your appointment, and it will date and time stamp your call. If you are unable to cancel your appointment 24-hours in advance, a cancellation charge for $35 fee will apply.

We will make acceptations for emergency situations, but you must call the front desk and ask to speak with our clinic manager.

Please do your best to arrive on time for your appointment. If you find that you are running late, please call the clinic to let your practitioner know and we will do our best to accommodate you, depending on schedule availability.