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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, or more accurately, Acu-Moxa therapy, is a 2000+ year old therapeutic system. It originated in ancient China and spread to other countries in East Asia (such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.) It has since been used as an effective form of medicine far in advance of the development of scientific methodology and Western Biomedicine.

The practice consists of techniques that utilize needles and a combustible plant fiber known as Moxa that are applied to the skin and other superficial tissues of the body to produce specific therapeutic effects.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of complaints, which include, but are not limited to:


Aaron Rubenstein at the Wellness Spa Open House

  • Post-workout recovery by speeding up the clearance of lactic acid and can remedy many signs of overtraining such as joint and tendon strain.
  • Musculoskeletal pain ranging from the common complaints of neck, shoulder, low back and sciatic pain to rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
  • Digestive complaints ranging from irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn to ulcerative colitis
  • Allergies that produce respiratory symptoms such as allergic rhinitis or asthma
  • Gynecological concerns such as menstrual irregularity, menstrual pain, infertility, or perimenopausal symptoms.

Who can get acupuncture?

Virtually anyone can get acupuncture. The youngest person our acupuncturist ever treated was only six weeks old and the oldest person he treated was well into their 90's. Acupuncture is good for people who are relatively healthy and just want to optimize their well-being to people who are experiencing serious illness.

How to prepare for a treatment

  • Wear clothing that will allow access to your belly, back, below your knees, and below your elbows. Skinny jeans and sports bras can be a challenge to work around, but the most important thing is that you are comfortable.
  • Eat about two hours before your appointment. You don't want to receive your treatment on an empty stomach, as this can increase the possibility of dizziness or nausea.
  • Get your exercise in before your appointment, not after. Strenuous activity should be avoided in the few hours directly surrounding your treatment.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture's effects have not yet been fully explained by Western science. This being said, the most likely explanation is that acupuncture is able to cause functional changes in the operation of the nervous system which then can have secondary and tertiary effects on other systems in the body such as the function of the endocrine (hormonal) or the circulatory systems. Acupuncture also seems to have a direct effect on the motor and sensory nerves of the body which regulate muscular tension as well as the transmission of pain.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

The answer to this question really depends on who is doing the treatment. As a practitioner of Japanese Acu-Moxa therapy, my goal is to deliver the treatment with the least amount of discomfort possible. Japanese technique tends to use the finest gauge needles with insertion depths of only a few millimeters. This stands in contrast to the far more prevalent Chinese system of treatment known as TCM which uses larger needles and deeper insertions to produce a sensation of soreness or heaviness around the needle.

How many treatments will it take?

Acupuncture is best used as an ongoing therapy that seeks to maintain the physiological balance of the body's self-healing response, thereby preventing the occurrence of disease. When considering the resolution of specific symptoms, the number of treatments necessary will depend on any number of factors related to the individual patient and will be discussed once the basic assessment and first treatment has been done. Most clients will feel some change in their symptoms within a few treatments although more time is often necessary to resolve the problem. There are several factors which can be used to make a general prognosis:

  • If the symptoms have been present for a few months progress can often be made within 2 to 6 treatments.
  • If the symptoms have been present for a year or more it will often take many weeks or months of regular treatment to resolve the problem.
  • If the symptoms involve severe acute pain, frequent treatments involving two or three visits in the same week may be necessary until the symptoms are brought under control. When the client feels adequate relief, a few more treatments are done on a weekly interval to prevent a recurrence of the pain.
  • Age makes a difference. The body's healing response declines as we get older. As a result, children and young adults tend to respond more quickly than people who are middle-aged, who in turn respond more quickly than the elderly.
  • If the symptoms are seasonal, as in the case of allergies, treatments are done weekly for 6 to 8 weeks prior to the time that symptoms are expected to manifest themselves.
  • Lifestyle makes a difference. For instance, a person who works at a computer for 8 to 10 hours a day will find the resolution of symptoms such as tension headaches, shoulder pain, or carpal tunnel symptoms will take more time than a person who has no such daily stressors.

Acupuncture pricing

Walk-in Member
1 hour $90 $85
5-session package $425 $400

Meet Our Acupuncturist: Aaron Rubinstein, L. Ac.


Aaron received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1993. He received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Texas College of TCM in 2000. His interest in Japanese styles of acupuncture has taken him to a host of locations to study with many of the top practitioners and teachers in the field. He has written professional articles that have been translated into Japanese and internationally published.

To schedule an appointment, call 512-478-4567, email concierge@castlehillfitness.com, or book online.
Please note that we observe a 24-hour cancellation policy on all personal services.
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