Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Oriental Medicine (O.M.). This treatment consists of fine needles placed into the body at points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health concerns.


These points have been mapped out by the Chinese for over two thousand years. There are more than one-thousand actual points which stimulate yuor body's natural Qi or vital energy.


Some treatments may include herbal treatment, Guasha, and cupping. Acupuncturists can treat a vast majority of ailments including these common conditions:


  • Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

  • Respiratory Disorders

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Circulatory Disorders

  • Urogenital Disorders

  • Gynecological Disorders

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Psyhoemotional and Neurological Disorders

Is Acupuncture Safe?


Yes! Your provider has been through extensive amounts of schooling and training in the art of Acupuncture. All licensed acupuncturists today use individually packed, sterile, and disposable needles. Your chance of infection or contagion is almost none.


Does it hurt?


The needles used in Acupuncture are usually not much thicker than a hair, making the insertion of the needle practically painless. Many people do not even know the needles are in place. The vast majority of patients find acupuncture very relaxing and may even fall asleep during treatment. 

What can I expect after treatment?

Oftentimes, patients will experience results on the first treatment. Remember, however, the longer you have been in the pain, the longer relief may take! Some will experience an immediate, total, or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. The relief may last, or some of the pain may return. Rarely, there is no immediate relief, only to notice the pain decrease in the following days. Overall, expect to feel better!


Questions and Answers were inspired by "Acupuncture: Questions and Answers for Patients." Copyright 2005 Blue Poppy Press.

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Meet our Acupuncture Providers:

Mallory Carlson, Licensed Acupuncturist

Mondays  8:00am-1:00pm
Wednesdays  8:00am-6:30pm
Thursdays  8:00am-6:30pm

Mallory received her Masters of Acupuncture from Northwestern Health Sciences University. She is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and board certified by NCCAOM. 


Mallory has several years of practice in a number of different clinical settings and has an array of knowledge about various types of health concerns. She is skilled at treating many musculoskeletal issues, both chronic and acute, and headaches/migraines. She also enjoys treating mental-emotional issues (anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions,) women's issues and gastrointestinal disorders.


Mallory's calming presence will help you feel at ease as soon as you walk in the treatment room. She has a gentle needling technique and compassionately communicates what you can expect both during and after a session. She recognizes that your body is it's own greatest healer, while she is available as an assist to help facilitate the healing process.

Jackie Lauer-Glebov, Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified in Oriental Medicine

Mondays  1:00-6:00pm
Tuesdays  9:30am-6:30pm
Thursdays  9:30am-6:30pm
Fridays  7:30am-5:00pm

Jackie received her degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is a licensed acupuncturist, and also has her diplomate in Oriental Medicine.


Jackie had several years of clinical experience while owning her own practice in Wisconsin before joining the Natural Care Center's team.  She is extremely passionate about providing care for not only acute and chronic pain relief, but fertility and women’s health issues, headaches and migraines, sports injuries, symptoms related to cancer treatment (such as neuropathy and nausea), etc.  Her love of learning helps her to continue to educate herself on new styles and approaches for the benefit of patients.

Andy Lininger, Licensed Acupuncturist

Wednesdays 10am-6:30pm (currently on leave due to COVID-19)

Andy Lininger is a licensed acupuncturist at the Natural Care Center of Woodbury. He graduated from a mentorship acupuncture program in 1992, earning national certification later that year. Since then he worked continuously providing acupuncture treatment in a variety of clinical settings including Hennepin County Medical Center, Health East Healing Center and the St Croix Regional Medical Center. For the last 15 years Andy worked full time as Clinical Faculty for Northwestern Health Sciences University at the Natural Care Center at Woodwinds in Woodbury, MN. This clinic was purchased and relocated by two of his colleagues in August of 2015. He joined their team at the Natural Care Center of Woodbury where he enjoys working with health professionals offering a variety of treatment options. In this setting Andy continues to treat a broad scope of health complaints with acupuncture and, in addition, train interns from NWHSU.  


The use of very fine needles to gently move “qi” to remedy the pain of headaches, stress, muscular skeletal strains from sports, trauma or to improve side effects from cancer treatment is well known. Acupuncture can also improve chronic painful conditions by improving underlying causes such as reflux and IBS. “I enjoy being a witness to the healing potential in each person,” says Lininger, “as they frequently experience relief in the first few minutes of treatment. This improvement encourages them to become more active in supportive self care.”

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