Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture and Science

To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response.

Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain and that the specific meridian. In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain, so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area.

Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.

Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in addressing:

  • Allergies
  • Amennorhea
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Fertility Challenges
  • Low Back Pain
  • Chemotherapy Recovery
  • Radiation therapy Recovery
  • Cough
  • Pregnancy-related Hypertension
  • Postpartum Support
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Recovery from Illness
  • Recovery from Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sprains/Strains Injuries
  • Trauma
  • VBAC Support
  • Weight Loss

How does Chinese Medicine Work?

Chinese Oriental medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has provided us with a unique and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease. Western science and Traditional Chinese Medicine ultimately rely on the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. Western science tends to use drugs and surgery as needed. Acupuncturists tend to use gentle needling and herbs.

Cancer and Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine works to help the body heal itself.  When cells are getting information to overproduce, there is an imbalance that can be addressed with Chinese Medicine while you are also seeing an allopathic physician to treat you.  Chinese Medicine can help with the side effects of Chemotherapy, Radiation, Tamoxifen, etc.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine also address issues such as fatigue and nausea.  Fatigue and Nausea are common side effects and working to increase your strength and vitality and decrease nausea will both help you feel better and heal more quickly.

A combination of both systems creates an ideal environment of health and healing.  Amy has training in both of these systems.  Her Masters degree included the study of medications to know and understand how to work both Chinese Herbal Medicine and Pharmaceutical he medications as well as the potential interactions between them.


Amy Mager, MS, Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Lactation Counsellor

Amy Mager, MS, Lic. Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)  facilitates long-term physical, spiritual, and emotional health through natural and integrative health methods, including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine to support Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Acute and Chronic Pain, Lactation and support for Women’s Health. Amy’s practice integrates acupuncture, herbal medicine, magnet therapy, moxibustion, sho ni shin (Japanese no-needle technique), and Chinese food therapy.

Amy may use acupuncture, dry needling, cupping, moxa and trigger point acupuncture as part of her treatment plan.

Fertility, Women’s Health, IVF, Pregnancy Support

Amy specializes in Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Women’s Health Care and Acute and Chronic Pain. Amy is available for support around IUI and IVF treatments. Acupuncture increases the likelihood of a baby to term by 30+ % in both of these cases. Contact Amy for more information about using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in conception planning, challenges with fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Techniques

Amy also uses additional techniques to provide care for her patients, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Cupping, and Visualization, among others. Amy sees patients on both a short-term and long-term basis based on need. She works one on one with you to develop a treatment plan to address your particular symptoms.

Women’s  Wellness Community  Style Acupuncture Clinic at the CDH Center for Midwifery Care:

Amy sees patients also at the Women’s Wellness Community Acupuncture Clinic in the Community Room at the Center for Midwifery Care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 10 Deniston St., Northampton, MA.  This clinic is for women only, with body treatments in reclining chairs in a quiet, group setting.  Please wear comfortable clothes that easily move to your elbows and knees.  All treatments are $25.00 with cash and checks accepted at the clinic.  When possible, women are encouraged to have one private appointment at the Wellness House to have time and space for a thorough assessment for serious conditions.  You will receive compassionate care in an affordable, mindful group environment at the clinic.  Please enter through the Community room door and please park in the lower tier of the CDH parking lot.

See Amy’s Bio

Please contact Amy for more information on these services or if you have any questions.