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How Acupuncture Works and What to Expect 


Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to treating a variety of conditions. The practice involves the insertion of thin needles (about the size of a human hair) into the skin, at specific points on the body. A person may feel a small pinch that should dissipate quickly. 

Acupuncture can restore the immune system, decrease pain, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation in the body. 

Initial visits generally last from 60 to 90 minutes. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history and provide you with your unique treatment plan. During your treatments, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns.

Acupuncture is used to treat and help with: pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, digestive upset, insomnia, migraines, fertility support, allergies, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, menopausal symptoms, and much more. 

Image of hands with acupuncture needles.

With Leah Chamberlin


Leah Chamberlin is a board-certified Acupuncturist through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice in Maine since 2016. With a Master’s from The New England School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Newton Massachusetts, she is certified in clean needle technique and auriculotherapy. Leah also holds her Facial Acupuncture CEU Certification after completing over 30 CEU credits in 2019. She aims to work together with her clients to regain and maintain health and wellness.

Her degree encompasses four years of classroom and clinical training in both Eastern and Western medical theory and diagnosis. She was very fortunate to have worked at Boston Medical Center in the Integrative Medicine Pediatric Pain Clinic, the Orthopedic Clinic at Malden Hospital, and various community clinics. Some of her specialty areas include cosmetic/facial rejuvenation acupuncture, chronic pain management, orthopedic style acupuncture (dry needling), anxiety and depression relief, pediatrics, and reproductive health. 

Leah is passionate about helping people achieve a better quality of life. She takes into consideration the connection between emotional and physical health and their role in each client’s well-being. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She loves traveling, playing music, singing, and going on long nature walks. After seven years of practicing at Rocky Coast, Leah decided to open Great Blue Acupuncture in Scarborough, Maine in November 2021. It is Leah’s joy to practice acupuncture and her sincere hope to help you on your healing journey.

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