Gentle Acupuncture has relocated to 96-A High Street, at the corner of Miller St., in downtown Belfast and is ready to serve the community with a new healing clinic that now includes a spacious waiting room — with hot tea available — plus two private treatment rooms.

Gentle Acupuncture has been serving the Belfast area for four years with treatment by advanced practitioner Mary O’Herin. L.Ac. O’Herin was certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®), earning the professional designation of Diplomate of Acupuncture after graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2002.

NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. O’Herin has also merited the designation Diplomate of Hari Technique, Japanese Acupuncture advanced Training.

O'Herin practices Japanese style acupuncture which emphasizes gentle, pain-free treatments, and uses ultra-thin needles about as thick as a strand of hair. Treatments may also include a magnetized heat lamp, moxabustion, herbal combustion used to warm the skin and ion pumping cords, which regulate the bodies subtle electrical currents using copper wire and diodes. The ion cords were invented by Yoshio Manaka, MD, during WW II in Japan. Every treatment includes direct meridian massage where tension is most evident, in neck, shoulders, back, legs or arms.

It has been shown by western medical neuroimaging studies that acupuncture calms areas of the brain that signal pain, and activates those involved with rest and recuperation. Doppler ultra sound shows that it increases blood flow and reduces inflammation.

Gentle Acupuncture patients have reported relief from many common problems including headaches, back pain, digestive issues, stress, fatigue, grieving, muscular-skeletal pain and recovery from surgery and injuries. Patients also report experiencing treatments as relaxing and rejuvenating, as well as helping alleviate and resolve chronic symptoms.

Acupuncture assists the body in maintaining good health with seasonal treatments four to five times a year, or when greater stress is present. The need for balancing and health restoration is even more relevant in today's demanding world. Getting to know your local acupuncturist can be an effective way to enhance your well-being.

The Gentle Acupuncture clinic operates with a sliding fee scale based on household income with the cost of a treatment being from $30 to $80. O'Herin believes in being part of the solution to our health care problem in offering an affordable option.

Gentle Acupuncture is in the olive green one story building is on the corner of High St. and Miller, and the Gentle Acupuncture's entrance faces Miller street and the side of the Belfast library.

Office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling the office, emailing through the website,, or dropping by the clinic to sign up on the weekly clip-board. Walk-ins and same day appointments are welcomed, as space allows.