Acupuncture Specialist

Integrative Family Medicine

Integrative Medicine Clinic located in Columbia, MD

If you’re feeling stressed or have chronic pain, acupuncture helps you feel better. At Integrative Family Medicine, located in Columbia, Maryland, Anahita Seyedan, DOM, MAc, LAc, MS, and her staff help reduce pain and stress using acupuncture and other natural remedies to restore your quality of life. Call her office to learn more, or schedule an appointment online today.

Acupuncture Q & A

Integrative Family Medicine

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional technique in Chinese medicine used for healing, pain relief, and a wide range of medical conditions. During acupuncture sessions, Dr. Seyedan places fine, sterile needles into your skin to stimulate specific points that improve the way your body functions.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

Insurance companies commonly cover acupuncture treatments, as studies show numerous health and wellness benefits of using this ancient technique. Examples of benefits associated with acupuncture include:

  • Pain management, including low back and dental pain
  • Stress relief
  • Immune system support
  • Enhanced healing
  • Reduced vomiting and nausea from chemotherapy or surgery
  • Headache and migraine relief
  • Respiratory disorder relief
  • Reduced labor pains and menstrual cramps
  • Improvements in osteoarthritis symptoms


The exact way acupuncture works to relieve pain and enhance healing isn’t entirely clear, but it’s effective for many patients with chronic health conditions. If you suffer from any form of pain, ask Dr. Seyedan how acupuncture can improve your quality of life.

What should I expect during an acupuncture session?

When you arrive at Integrative Family Medicine for your acupuncture appointment, Dr. Seyedan:

  • Asks you about your health history
  • Talks about what you can expect
  • Provides a comfortable treatment table for you to lay on
  • Inserts fine needles into specific areas of your body
  • May manipulate the needles or use heat or electric pulses


Acupuncture needles stay in your skin for about 10-30 minutes. You experience minimal (if any) discomfort during needle insertion and removal, but you might feel mild aching sensations at various times in the procedure.

After the procedure, you should feel relaxed or energized. You might notice improvements in pain soon after treatment, but Dr. Seyedan may recommend multiple sessions to maximize your results.

How many acupuncture sessions do I need?

Dr. Seyedan lets you know how many acupuncture treatment sessions you need to achieve your desired health and wellness benefits. She may recommend one to two treatments weekly for several months. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, which is why there’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation.

If you’re tired of pain or stress making you feel miserable, call Integrative Family Medicine to book your next acupuncture appointment or schedule online with Dr. Seyedan today.

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