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2500 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
372 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice, perfected over centuries, that can restore balanced health through the painless insertion of hair-thin, disposable acupuncture needles at specific body points. Acupuncture is used to relieve pain and treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, asthma, PMS, stress, digestive problems, muscular injuries, seasonal allergies and more.
TCM is a holistic medical system consisting of acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation and diet. The first TCM book was published more than 2,000 years ago. Through the generations, the wisdom of thousands of volumes of medical literature and countless clinical experiences have been passed down for our use. TCM has developed greatly within the last 30 years by integrating its practices with modern medicine in China.
In the holistic philosophy of TCM, all parts of our bodies are seen as interconnected. Energy and signal transactions (Qi flow) are carried through pathways called meridians, which are distributed on the surface of the body. It is believed that blockages of the Qi flow through meridians cause imbalances which, in turn, result in illness. Acupuncture attempts to heal by restoring the flow of Qi through the meridians--allowing the body to heal itself.
The Marino Center offers therapy conducted by several of the foremost practitioners in the New England area, providing the best of Traditional Chinese Medicine in a convenient, comfortable and safe setting. Our goal is to make this holistic, physical, and spiritual healing practice available to anyone who could benefit from it.
The World Health Organization has publicly announced that the following conditions are suitable for acupuncture treatment:
Yes. Only sterile, disposable needles are used. Every licensed acupuncturist has passed the National Clean Needle Techniques Examination. From 1975-1995, only 35 accidents were reported out of tens of millions of worldwide acupuncture visits - a rate much lower than that of many over the counter and conventional medical interventions.
Discomfort from acupuncture is mild or even nonexistent. Acupuncture needles are quite fine, usually 0.16-0.20 mm in diameter-much thinner than a regular syringe. Special techniques are used to promptly pinch the needles through the layer of sensory nerves beneath the skin. In some cases, sensations from the needles are needed to break down the energy flow blockage in the meridians. In Chinese, this is called "de Qi." In this case you may feel some temporary heaviness, soreness, or tingling.
While nature may produce disease, it also produces healing. Chinese herbs have a long history of successfully treating many types of diseases. Countless reports show that Chinese herbs may aid in healing where traditional medicines are less effective.
Over 30 years of toxicology studies have shown that Chinese herbs are safe and have fewer side effects than chemical medications. A trained TCM practitioner has completed a formal training program and is knowledgeable in all aspects of the herbs he/she prescribes.