About Acupuncture

Waiting until you are ill to see a doctor is like waiting until you are thirsty to dig a well. In China, doctors get paid only as long as their patients remain healthy. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on disease prevention as much as treating any specific illness. Acupuncture is an electromagnetic phenomenon which the Chinese call Qi (“Chee”). The Chinese mapped out these pathways of “Qi” more than 2500 years ago, and they’re known as meridians.  When acupuncture points are stimulated, this Qi is moved and stimulated causing homeostasis to return to various organs and tissues in the body. As we return to a state of balance,  our internal organs function better, energy and immune systems are strengthened, and we experience increased mental capacity and emotional stability.  Please note: acupuncture is not a substitute for mainstream medical care by a qualified physician, but it is extremely complementary.

Your Initial Visit

In the privacy of a treatment room, we will review your health history questionnaire with past illnesses and current symptoms. Every aspect of treatment at The Neeley Center carries the same level of confidentiality as any medical environment.

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers individualization of symptoms. Diagnoses may include evaluating your tongue and pulse, or discussing if your symptoms are affected by weather, body movement, stress, or  time of day.

Your health is of utmost importance to Dr. Neeley.  Possible recommendations of herbs, supplements, diet or lifestyle changes may be offered. Dr. Neeley will explain how acupuncture works and the wide variety of benefits it offers. He offers supportive literature for you to review.  In addition to discussing acupuncture, he works with a vast network of health professionals. He may recommend you for a Rapid Eye Technology (“RET”), counseling session, or a detoxifying footbath. He also refers patients for chiropractic or western medicine options, massage therapy, and other alternative therapies.

The Treatment

Dr. Neeley will step out of the room while you change into one of the kimonos conveniently provided for you. (If you’re wearing loose clothing, there is often no need to change.) During treatment, you are covered, exposing only the body parts necessary for treatment.

You rest on a soft massage table with pillows and relaxing music. Dr. Neeley uses the same aseptic techniques and universal precautions as western medicine. His hands are sterilized and all needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable. You will feel very few of the needles – the worst sensation is very minor – similar to the sensation of pulling a hair out of the skin.

Acupuncture DOES NOT have to be painful to be effective.

After 3-4 minutes, your needles are all in place and it’s time to relax, balance, and heal. Treatments typically last 20-30 minutes and we are often able to accommodate more time should the client request it.

The treatments are very relaxing!

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, R.E.T | Neeley Center for Health, Huntsville, AL
“Mike Neeley is probably the nicest, kindest man I have ever met. His treatments are second-to-none, and his genuine caring heart is there in everything he does. I’m so thankful for him and don’t think I could have made it through the last few months without his help. Thank you, Mike, for being you. You are truly a blessing.”

Pat Macguire

Conditions We Treat with Acupuncture

Illness is recognized as disharmony and imbalance within the body. Our treatments are focused on removing the disturbances so your balance returns and your state of overall health improves.

From a holistic standpoint, treating symptoms is important, but it is also vital to find and address the root cause of the issues. This will help you find long-lasting solutions. We tailor each of our treatments to your needs and your constitution.

Dr. Neeley will examine your symptoms and seek to find any patterns of illness. He might inquire about your diet, lifestyle, mental stress, trauma, and environmental factors. Using a holistic approach, he will focus on treating your symptoms with acupuncture, acupressure, herbs and supplements, lifestyle change, and other alternative medical treatments.

Dr. Neeley will always address the underlying cause of your symptoms. Different people with the same symptoms may have different illnesses. For example: migraines vary depending on the person. A migraine can be caused by lack of sleep, emotional imbalance, spinal misalignment, chronic infection, stress, food, nutritional deficiency, or environmental allergies. This is why it is so important to root out the cause of your symptoms and why each treatment is individualized and unique.

Listed here are many conditions we treat at Neeley Center for Health. If you can’t find your condition or symptom on the list below, please contact us to find out how we can help you.

Neurological and Musculoskeletal

Frozen Shoulder/Shoulder Pain, Headache, Migraine, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial (Bell’s) Palsy (first 3-6 months,) Weakness following Stroke, Intercostal Neuralgia, Tennis Elbow, Meniere’s disease.

Gastrointestinal Disorders

IBS, Colitis, Acid Reflux, Hyperacidity, Gastritis, Hiccough, Esophageal Spasm.

Back Pain

Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Peripheral Neuropathies, Osteoarthritis, Tremors, Knee Pain and Weakness, Back Spasms.

Respiratory System

Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Asthma, Allergies, Rhinitis, Pneumonia, Influenza, Sore Throat, Common Cold.

Mouth Disorders

TMJ, Gingivitis, Toothache, Post-Extraction Pain.

Psychiatric Disorders

Anxiety, Stress/Tension, Addictions, Depression, Insomnia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Women’s Health

Menopause, PMS, Menstrual Cramps, Excess Bleeding, Amenorrhea, Sexual Dysfunction, Bladder Prolapse, Download Infertility Study.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia (FMS), Chronic Fatigue Immune Syndrome (CFIDS), Seizures.

Cardiovascular Disorders

Anemia, Dizziness, Vertigo, Irregular Heartbeat, Palpitations, Low Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure.

Dermatological Disorders

Acne, Allergic Reactions, Eczema, Itching, Rashes, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Dandruff, Dry Skin.

Cancer Treatment Support

Please contact Mike or send an email. 

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What You Can Expect

Results can often be seen with one treatment, but three or more treatments are advised to determine full effectiveness. Any changes within 1 to 3 days after a treatment can be attributed to acupuncture, provided there were no other types of treatment. The number of acupuncture treatments depends on a few factors:

  • The severity of the illness: a mild condition responds more quickly, a more severe condition will require more treatment.
  • The length of time of condition: Symptoms that appeared recently  will respond faster than than a long-term condition.
  • Your overall health: someone in robust health will respond more quickly compared to patients who have experienced compromised health.

Please note: these guidelines are generalized and not necessarily true for all of our patients. Many patients in relatively poor health with long-term conditions have often seen dramatic results in a few treatments.

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