Gentle Acupuncture Opens Spacious New Clinic

By Susan Guthrie | Oct 05, 2012
Photo by: provided by Gentle Acupuncture Advanced acupunture practitioner, Mary O’Herin, L.Ac.

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 beautiful new healing clinic that now includes a spacious
waiting room, with hot tea available, plus two private treatment

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

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 and enjoyable way to enhance your

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 at , 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.

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