Acupuncture

Promoting Natural Healing

Winchester Hospital offers licensed acupuncture services as part of our integrative therapies. Acupuncture improves the body's natural self-healing process by stimulating specific points along the skin using thin needles. There are many benefits to acupuncture from helping to address various injuries and pain management to boosting your immune system, overall balance and relaxation.

A patient is receiving acupuncture treatment from a Winchester Hospital acupuncturistsHow Can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture promotes natural healing in the body and is proven to be effective in treating these conditions:
  • Neurological ailments: migraines, headaches and nerve pain 
  • Emotional distress: stress and depression 
  • Digestive problems: indigestion, constipation and diarrhea 
  • Respiratory ailments: asthma, allergies and disorders of the ears, nose and throat
  • Musculoskeletal pain: fibromyalgia, sciatica, back pain and arthritis
  • Physical injuries: chronic pain and acute sprain
  • Chronic Disease Management
Acupuncture can also be effective for:
  • Relief of symptoms associated with cancer treatments, such as nausea, pain and fatigue from chemotherapy
  • PMS 
  • Infertility 
  • Smoking cessation 
  • Many other chronic ailments 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a safe and relaxing treatment that promoted natural healing of the body and improved fuctioning. An acupuncture treatment involves inserting very thin, sterile needles at precise points on the body. This stimulates the nervous system to release natural chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. This can change the experience of pain and/or trigger the release or hormones that influence the body's own internal regulatory system. 

The cost is $120 for your first session (approx. 1.5 hours), follow-up appointments are $80 (approx. 1 hour).

Pre-payment on Visa or Mastercard is required. Gratuity is not accepted. Winchester Hospital does not bill insurance for acupuncture. As some insurances do cover this service, we are able to provide you with the needed documentation to submit a claim yourself.

You will be asked health screening questions upon confirmation of your appointment. Please wear a mask. You will be given a new mask and asked to practice hand hygiene when you arrive.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a licensed acupuncturist, please contact Winchester Hospital's Center for Healthy Living at 781-756-4700.

Location: Center for Healthy Living, 200 Unicorn Park Dr., Woburn, MA 01801

Inpatient Acupuncture

Acupuncture is available to inpatients at Winchester Hospital. A provider's order and prepayment on Visa or Mastercard is required. Insurance is not accepted. If you are interested in receiving an inpatient acupuncture treatment, please contact the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) for more information and pricing at 781-756-4700. Please have the nurse call CHL once a provider's order is issued. All acupuncturists are employees of Winchester Hospital.

Meet Our Acupuncturist

Joe Kelliher is a 1993 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture. He was certified in Chinese herbal medicine in 1997, and received a Master’s Degree in acupuncture in 2000. In 1993 he founded the Acupuncture Center of Reading, a full-service, community based, private practice in Reading, MA. He was a core faculty member at the New England School of Acupuncture from 1995-2002. He has also been on the staff of the North Shore Medical Center and served as Co-Director of Acupuncture at Beth Israel/Boston IVF. He was the first acupuncturist on the Winchester Hospital staff in 1996, and has currently been on the staff of the Center for Healthy Living since 2006.