Acupuncture has been around for centuries and is still used today to bring relief from many conditions to millions of patients around the world. Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pain, nausea, fatigue, and anxiety.

The theory behind acupuncture is that it can help to restore balance in the body by unblocking “chi,” or life energy. Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained professional. At SahaVida Institute, we provide many types of acupuncture so our patients can feel their best. If you are looking for an alternative way to treat your condition, give us a call today!

Our experienced therapists will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this ancient healing therapy.

Acupuncture FAQ’s

Is Dr. Bruce Benner Certified?

Dr. Bruce Benner is a nationally Board-certified Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM.​

Your first visit:

Will last approximately one hour. We will take a-time to do a thorough assessment and planning for your condition. We will also do a treatment.

Does it hurt?

The worse pain should be no more than a mosquito bite. If you feel anything else than this, just let Dr. Benner know and he will immediately remedy the unusual situation.

Will acupuncture work for me?

Usually, we have a minimum of six sessions before determining the benefits for you. Since, unlike many other acupuncture physicians, Dr. Benner has extensive training and experience in many different types of acupuncture, he will be able to adapt and personalized his care to your particular situation.

What happens during a treatment session?

During a treatment session, Dr. Benner will use what are called meridians and your body energy to bring you back to homeostasis. Needle placement can last between 20-30 minutes. The number and specific placement of the needles will depend on your condition.

How many sessions does one need?

Depending on the condition. Recent conditions will resolve quicker than long standing problems.


There are different types of acupuncture that are believed to exist.
The three most common types are Japanese acupuncture, Chinese acupuncture, and Korean acupuncture.
Electroacupuncture and Auriculoacupuncture are two other types that can be used.

Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese acupuncture is the oldest type and is said to be the gentlest. It uses very thin needles and focuses on the meridians in the body.

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Chinese Acupuncture

Chinese acupuncture is the most widely used type and is said to be more powerful than Japanese acupuncture. It uses thicker needles and is said to be better for treating inflammation.

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Korean Acupuncture

Korean acupuncture is said to be a combination of Japanese and Chinese acupuncture. It uses thin needles like Japanese acupuncture and is said to be good for treating infertility and other women’s health issues.

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Electroacupuncture is a type of acupuncture that uses electrical stimulation along with needles. It is said to be good for treating chronic issues, addiction, and other conditions.

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Auriculoacupuncture is a type of acupuncture that uses needles inserted into the ear. It is said to be good for treating inflammation, allergies, and other conditions.

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Cupping is an ancient technique that is still used today to great effect.

It was brought to light not too long ago when Michael Phelps showed his dark skin lesions during his last Olympic games. Our acupuncture physician at the SahaVida Institute uses it to treat a variety of conditions. The following are some of the conditions that can benefit from cupping:












  • Inflammation
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Recent injuries
  • Long term conditions due to aging or injuries
  • General Medical Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Insomnia
  • Bronchitis
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Rhinitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Sinusitis
  • Fatigue
  • Immune Deficiencies
  • Weight Management
  • Cancer support

Neurological conditions

  • Guillain Barre
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-stroke syndrome


  • Stress/Tension
  • Addictions
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Disrupted Sleep
  • Vivid Dreaming
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