Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body.  This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place.  Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems.  Acupuncture is helpful for treating existing illnesses and injuries, preventing recurrence, new illness and improving overall health.

In Chinese medicine, energy or Qi flows in channels throughout the body and over its surfaces.  The Chinese believe that health is balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment.  When the Qi cannot flow smoothly the body’s innate balance is disrupted and illness results.


Initial Evaluation & 1st Treatment

Includes a thorough health history review, evaluation and an acupuncture treatment that has been specially designed for your specific needs.

60 - 80 mintues


Subsequent Treatments

Includes a brief review and update of symptoms and customized acupuncture treatment.

45 - 60 minutes


Heather Helton, L.Ac., LMT

Appointments are available with Heather Helton, L.Ac., LMT.  Heather received her acupuncture education from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, a four year graduate-level program.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Milligan College in Exercise Physiology and Health, and has been employed at Austin Springs Spa since 2004.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture needles are solid, not hollow like needles used by doctors.  They are small and hair-thin and can be bent with your pinky.  More than 25 acupuncture needles can fit into the opening of a typical needle used by doctors. People experience the needling sensation differently.  Acupuncture treatments are rarely described as painful, and needles can be quickly adjusted if the patient feels discomfort.  The most common feelings described are warming, heavy and tingling.  Many people fall asleep during the treatment.

Heather encourages you to ask questions and share any apprehension.  She believes in the body’s ability to heal itself, with a little bit of encouragement, and feels honored to have the ability and knowledge to help put you on the path to well-being.

Listed below are a few of the most common illnesses and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture.


Gynecological/ Genitourinary Disorders
  • PMS
  • Irregular, heavy or painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Complications in pregnancy
  • Morning sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
Musculoskeletal & Neurological Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Back pain/Sciatica
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
Respiratory Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds & Flu
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Ulcers
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Immune Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Lupus
  • MS
Emotional & Psychological Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress
Acupuncture also treats:
  • Chemo & Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control
  • Addiction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs & Alcohol