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As part of Coastal Carolina OBGYN's commitment to providing holistic health care, we now offer acupuncture. Our goal is to offer alternative treatment options to the traditional pharmaceutical and surgical options for some common conditions.

We offer acupuncture to treat conditions such as abnormal bleeding, painful periods, chronic pelvic pain, headaches, insomnia, stress and anxiety, smoking cessation, painful conditions of the knees, hands, hips and shoulders and back as well as sciatica. Acupuncture can also be used to induce labor in pregnant patients starting at 39 weeks.

As acupuncture is not covered by medical insurance in South Carolina, we offer special introductory rates for the first three months of treatment. Request an appointment today to discover the benefits of acupuncture.

Acupuncture at Coastal Carolina OBGYN is performed by Dr. Washington, who has completed 300 hours of continued medical education training in acupuncture under Dr. Tsun-Nin Lee from the Academy of Pain Research in San Francisco, CA.

Request an appointment today to begin acupuncture treatment with Dr. Washington.


Acupuncture is a form of medicine that originated in China over 4,000 years ago. It uses very thin, sterile needles inserted into specific points on the body to manipulate and balance the flow of energy through the body.
The needles used in acupuncture are much thinner that the needles used for injections or blood draws. In fact, they are only slightly thicker than a strand of hair. Most often, patients do not even feel the needles being inserted. You may feel a little pinch as the needle breaks the skin, but that pain usually only lasts one to two seconds. Once the needles are in place, no pain is felt and patients usually enter a state of deep relaxation.
Yes. As long as it is administered by a Licensed Acupuncturist, you will be very in capable hands. We use sterile, single-use filaments and they are promptly disposed of once they have been used.
Common conditions that can be treated by acupuncture include:
  • Abnormal Bleeding
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Fertility
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Neck Pain
  • Painful Periods
  • Sciatica
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Women’s Health
The number of acupuncture treatments needed is unique to every individual. It depends upon the nature and severity of the symptoms, and how long they have been present. Some people notice an immediate improvement in their health while for others, acupuncture has a cumulative effect over several visits.