Frequently Asked Questions

About Acupuncture and NECA


Does acupuncture hurt?

Most people find acupuncture very comfortable and relaxing.  The needles are very thin and usually provide little to no sensation upon insertion.

Are the needles sterile?

NECA only uses disposable, sterile, stainless steel acupuncture needles.

What should I wear to treatment?

Loose comfortable clothing.  Easy to access to the arms and legs is essential.  Please avoid wearing any strong smelling cologne or perfume or other body products.  (Many patients suffer from sensitivity to these smells)

How long is my visit?

Most visits last approximately one hour.  Your initial office visit may be 1.5 hours.

What is “community style” acupuncture?

Community style acupuncture (CSA) refers to the actual layout and design of the treatment facility and not to a specific style of acupuncture.  CSA clinics such as New England Community Acupuncture believe affordable access to treatment allows for the most benefit from treatment.  The 2000 plus years of clinical history of acupuncture sites numerous examples of simple, frequent treatments to maximize the patient’s success in treatment. 

Why are NECA’s rates for treatment less expensive than most other clinics?

NECA is a unique clinic design that allows the acupuncturists greater flexibility in treatment options.  This gives NECA the ability to see a larger number of weekly patients, which translates to less expense for each patient.

What conditions can you treat?

Chinese medicine treats a very wide variety of conditions.  Patients come to NECA for treatment of pain conditions, digestion disorders, women’s health, emotional issues, and many other disorders.  

How many treatments will I need?


At your initial office visit we perform a thourough health history of your case.  After this evaluation a treatment plan is discussed.  Many patients begin their course of treatment with multiple sessions per week.  Most conditions begin to respond in the first few sessions but stability in chronic health conditions is only achieved over time.  With the numerous variables of each individual and each health condition it is not possible to give a specific number of treatments needed.  (* NOTE: patients are NOT required to make any long term commitment to treatment.  Each patient pays for treatment on a per session basis is does NOT need to provide a deposit on future treatments)

What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of the tradition of Chinese medicine.  Through analysis and diagnosis, NECA can fill a custom made herbal formula to treat your specific health concern.  An herbal formula consists of multiple different herbs combined to treat a wide variety of conditions.

NECA has a fully stocked, in-house herbal pharmacy so prescriptions are often ready when you leave your appointment.  Patients can choose to use herbal medicine in addition to acupuncture or may choose to use only acupuncture or herbal medicine alone.
The herbal formula prescriptions are administered in a powdered form which is taken with water.  (Specific instructions are given to patients receiving prescriptions.)

I’ve been seeking acupuncture treatment with Matthew and Kristina at NECA for several years to help control my RA. Matthew has exceptional experience with autoimmune conditions and my arthritis is well controlled without medication. I use consistent acupuncture and herbal medicine with excellent results and greatly value NECA!
— Rheumatoid Arthritis – female, 38

Conditions Helped by Acupuncture

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid)

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Colitis

  • Common Cold

  • Constipation

  • Dental Pain

  • Depression

  • Diarrhea

  • Digestive trouble

  • Dizziness

  • Dysentery

  • Emotional problems

  • Eye problems

  • Facial palsy/tics

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headache

  • Hiccough

  • Incontinence

  • Infertility

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Low back pain

  • Menopause

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • Migraines

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pain

  • PMS

  • Pneumonia

  • Rhinitis

  • Sciatica

  • Seasonal affective disorder

  • Sinusitis

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Sore throat

  • Stress

  • Tennis elbow

  • Urinary tract infections


I had so much overall body pain, I had to quit my job. It seemed like an alien had invaded my body due to menopause. My low back pain was severe, due to a collapsed disc. Western medicine offered pills, surgeries, and various therapies that resulted in very little relief. When I started treatment at NECA, so many of my menopause issues were tamed or disappeared very quickly – hot flashes, mood swings, irregular bleeding, etc. I feel that all women should use Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to get thru menopause. I was a committed patient who came faithfully 2-3 times a week and saw remarkable results for my Fibromyalgia pain and back pain. I was able to go back to work, exercise, and live a full life again. Matt gave me my life back and I will be forever grateful. I consider acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine important tools to improve and keep my overall heath stable.
— Fibromyalgia, Menopause Issues, Back Pain – female, 57

Call us today and learn how we can help you.  Two convenient locations offering flexible hours, affordable rates and the knowledge to take care of you.