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.

How 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). In some cases, the cost may be covered by insurance. You would need to submit a claim yourself, as Winchester Hospital does not bill insurance companies for acupuncture services. Gratuity is not accepted.

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

Meet Our Acupuncturists

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Mary Kinneavy, M.Ac., Lic. Ac, joined the Center for Healthy Living staff in 2015. She is a graduate of The New England School of Acupuncture(NESA) and was among the first licensees in Massachusetts. Mary has worked in public health clinics, private practices, and hospital-based clinics. During her tenure as a public health practitioner, she was part of a pioneering group that studied acupuncture in the treatment of HIV and other chronic diseases. She is a former faculty member and clinical supervisor NESA. Mary has been in practice since 1987.

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.