Acupuncture and Cupping

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China over 2,000 years ago and helps the energy in our body (Qi) to flow properly. By using hair-thin needles, acupuncture stimulates specific acu-points on the body to unblock obstructions that cause pain and disharmony. Quite simply, acupuncture encourages the body to restore its own equilibrium.

Acupuncture is performed by licensed and board certified practitioners. Only single-use, sterilized needles are used during treatment. Acupuncture is safe and has very few side effects (if any).

At South Shore Community Acupuncture, our mission is to make acupuncture accessible and affordable. We treat individuals in a comfortable group setting; this is the way acupuncture is typically practiced in China. Our patients often get great results when they receive acupuncture on a frequent and consistent basis. Our lower cost helps to make this possible for you to come as often as you need to in order to get better. To find out more about community acupuncture, or to locate a community acupuncture clinic in another part of the state or the country, please click here.

If you have questions about how often you should be getting treatment,  please  see the chart below.  Let us know if you have any questions.

What is Cupping?

Cupping, another branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, uses small glass cups to loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and calm the nervous system. It can also be used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, and migraines.

Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed. This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person’s asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are one of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve.

After the cups are removed small circular marks that have the appearance of bruises may be present. These are not bruises and are not painful to the touch. In Chinese medicine it is believed that the dark color reflects areas where blockages are present. Over time and with regular treatment, these dark areas will no longer surface.

How often should I get acupuncture?

How often should I come in for treatment?

 This will vary from person to person, and will likely vary as your condition(s) change(s) with treatment. Here are some general guidelines, depending on what you are being treated for and what your goals are:

Being treated for:

Example of condition:

Treatment frequency:

For how long:

Very severe discomfort

Acute back sprain,

 daily migraines

Daily until change in condition

For several days

Serious discomfort

Sprained ankle, acute digestive distress

Every other day until change in condition

A week or two

Moderate discomfort

Knee pain while running, poor sleep

Twice weekly until change in condition

Over several weeks

Working on a health milestone

Trying to get pregnant, overcoming allergies

1-2 times weekly until change in condition

Over several weeks/months

Ongoing episodic condition

Occasional insomnia; PMS

Weekly + as-needed for acute episodes

Over a few months

Support for chronic issues

Stress, work-related  issues, chronic illness


Ongoing/as needed

General health


Weekly or bi-monthly

Ongoing/as needed

We strive to make acupuncture affordable and convenient so that you are able to receive the acupuncture you need for as often and as long as you need it, to get the best possible results.  Please call us at 617-845-0544 if you have any questions.