Background image for the top navigation. The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital link. Clinicians page link. Works on Wellness and Employee Benefits page link Family Services page link. Link to Senior Services page.
Email to a friend    Printer Friendly Page
Text Size: decrease font increase font
Care & Services
Clinical Services
Find a Doctor
Maine Medical Partners
Autism & Development Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC)
Cardiovascular Institute - Heart Health at Maine Medical Center
the Pharmacy at Maine Medical Center
Community Prevention and Wellness - Maine Medical Center
Clinical Departments - Emergency Medicine
Patients, Families, and Visitors - Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine
Maine Digestive Health Center at Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center Scarborough Surgery Center
Neuroscience Institute at Maine Medical Center
Surgical Services at Maine Medical Center
Palliative Care - Maine Medical Center
Portland Identification and Early Referral
Maine Medical Center - Cancer Care At MMC
Maine Medical Center - Maine Transplant
Maine Medical Center - Maine Transplant Program - Message from tjhe Director
Geriatric Care | Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center - Department of Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center - Integrative Medicine Services
Maine Medical Center - Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation Highlights:
Maine Medical Center - Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center, Adult, Child, Mental Health in Southern Maine
Maine Medical Center - Nutrition Services
Maine Medical Center - Family Medicine
Psychiatry Residency Programs - Maine Medical Center - Department of Psychiatry
About Radiology - Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center - Rehabilitation Medicine
Maine Medical Center - Respiratory Care
Patient and Family Services
Maine Medical Center - Vocational Services - Who We Are
Maine Medical Center - Women's Care

Integrative Family Medicine Program


Acupuncture is one type of treatment within the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on the concept of Qi (chee) which is best translated as "vital energy" or "life force." It is believed that Qi runs through all living things in the universe and that blockage or imbalance of its flow causes illness. Qi flows in channels, referred to as meridians, to all parts of the body to nourish, support, protect and bring health and healing.  Medical acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture that respects traditional concepts but incorporate current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, as well as the principles of evidence based medicine.

Part of an acupuncture treatment includes a detailed history. You will be asked questions about your health as well as your preferences for tastes, colors, and seasons. The acupuncturist will also carefully examine your pulse, tongue, and appearance to help in the diagnosis of your balance or imbalance of Qi.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, imbalances in Qi are often treated with acupuncture. Very fine needles are inserted into a variety of points along the body's meridians. An imbalance in Qi is restored as the needles release, unblock, or rebalance the disturbed energy patterns. Many people find this procedure relaxing.

Dr Schneider and Dr Wissink are certified in Medical Acupuncture and supervise Fellows in Integrative Family Medicine.  They frequently share care of patients with community acupuncture providers including Ralph Thieme, DO,LAc, an osteopathic physician who is trained in traditional and medical acupuncture and who precepts our Integrative Family Medicine Fellows, as well as Daniel Katz, PT,LAc at Wildwood Medicine who has helped train our attending and fellow physicians.  They are also able to provide referrals to their patients who prefer to receive acupuncture with licensed acupuncturists in the community.

In our Family Medicine Centers, when acupuncture is part of the treatment plan decided between yourself and your physician, there is a $10.00 charge per session.  Acupuncture visits are often not covered by insurance plans.  You may call your insurance company to inquire about your plan or your Family Medicine staff will submit this charge to your insurance company.  If you specific plan does not cover this treatment, you will receive a bill for the amount due.


Try one of our heart-healthy recipes.
Learn more about our Building on Excellence Campaign.
Health Information

Maine Medical Center | 22 Bramhall Street | Portland, Maine 04102-3175 | (207) 662-0111