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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the oldest, continuously practiced medicine in the world.  Developed in China thousands of years ago, this simple medicine has continued to evolve and is effective in treating many modern-day ailments, from chronic pain to insomnia, depression to acid reflux.  Tiny needles at well-chosen points can provide powerful healing – healing that goes far beyond the removal or masking of symptoms.  All treatments are tailored to the individual and are designed to treat the root cause by re-establishing harmony within the body’s energy systems.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Most people, even those with an aversion to needles, are fine with acupuncture needles.  They are small, slender and flexible, about the width of a few human hairs.  Sensations can include nothing at all, a slight tingling, a dull ache and rarely, a momentary sting.  Oftentimes the needles are left in for about twenty minutes while you rest quietly.  Most people find the experience deeply relaxing.

What symptoms can acupuncture treat?

Before I list the wide array of symptoms that acupuncture can be helpful for, let me explain that acupuncture treatment is always focused on the whole person. A symptom is just the outermost sign of some deeper imbalance and we will always be looking to alleviate the symptom while at the same time resolving the root of what is causing the symptom. This means that most often people see improvement across a wide range of symptoms, not just their initial complaint. That being said, some common reasons that people seek acupuncture treatment are:

Psycho-emotional issues

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress

Women’s health

Infertility, menstrual pain and irregularities, menopausal symptoms

Digestive issues

IBS, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea


Back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia

How many treatments will I need?

This can vary widely depending on the person, but in general I recommend that people come once a week for about 6-8 weeks. After that, treatment can be gradually spaced out to every other week, every three weeks, monthly, and eventually seasonally or whenever you need a tune-up. The goal is to restore your body to a place of health where you don’t need the constant interventions. I always strive to help you discover connections between symptoms and current lifestyle choices and make recommendations as needed. When changes are made in conjunction with acupuncture treatment, positive results often increase exponentially. This medicine works best as a partnership.

What should I expect at my first acupuncture visit?

Your first visit is a chance for us to thoroughly discuss your current health, your medical and social history and your treatment goals. It lasts about two hours and also includes a Chinese pulse diagnosis and your first needle treatment. The cost for this first session is $130. After that, follow-ups last one hour and are $80.

Hardin Acupuncture
1804 Chislett St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Tue 10-6
Wed 12-7
Thu 12-7
Fri 10-6
Phone: 412.927.4768