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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture Topsham, MaineSeveral thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow (our inner rivers). Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, Nachelle is able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture Topsham, MaineMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel upon placement. When Nachelle gently stimulates the needles, they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or warm feeling. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture influences the entire human body, including the neurological, gastrointestinal, immune, respiratory, and genitourinary systems, to name a few examples.

Treatments can ease your mind, body, and spirit back into balance by supporting your body's own healing mechanism. Nachelle is thoroughly trained as a general practitioner of acupuncture, although she is specialized in treating a variety of health imbalances, as described below.


    • Pain (sports injury; sore muscles & joints; neck & back pain; carpal tunnel; degenerative issues, such as arthritis; repetitive stress injury; post-operative)
    • Mental health (insomnia, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) (acute & chronic issues impacting our mental-emotional well-being)
    • Digestive health (irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); constipation; loose stools; nausea; acid reflux; heart burn; poor digestion; irregular appetite)
    • Women's health (irregular menses; menopause; hot flashes & night sweats; fertility; morning sickness; labor induction; insufficient lactation; breeched baby; post-partum health; PMS; increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
    • Headaches & migraines​ (tension & cluster headaches; chronic migraines)
    • Chronic conditions (fibromyalgia; chronic fatigue syndrome; stubborn ailments; interstitial cystitis)
    • Fatigue, stress, & weakened immune system​ (seasonal colds & flus, allergies, eczema, asthma, chemical & food sensitivities)

Still wondering if you are a candidate for acupuncture?
Please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.



Inner Rivers Family Acupuncture

103 Harpswell Road (Rt. 123)
Brunswick, ME
(207) 841-7802
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