Acupuncture Services

Acupuncture Services

It doesn't hurt.

The needles we use are one time use only - we don't reuse them - and they are super small.

They are like cat whiskers, so more often than not, you don't even feel them.

Due to COVID-19, Acupuncture services have been postponed during Fall 2020. 

Students, faculty and staff may schedule online, request an appointment through the Healthy Heels portal or by calling Campus Health. Cost is $50 per session and this charge will be placed on student accounts or billed directly. Acupuncture service may qualify for reimbursement under some Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine aimed at balancing energy flow with a vocabulary developed to explain how energy (qi, pronounced "chi") and blood travel through the body and can be obstructed in certain pathways (meridians).Acupuncture does not seek one specific reason for illness or injury, and instead treats the multiple factors involved in ailments like lifestyle, psychological wellbeing, environmental stress, trauma, and external pathogens.

Is acupuncture effective?

Acupuncture and other methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine evolved in China and rely on thousands of years of human trials to validate effectiveness. Acupuncture is well known for its benefits on chronic pain and headaches; it is also commonly used to treat stress, anxiety, insomnia and fatigue among many other ailments. Negative side-effects are rare but may include some soreness or bruising at the site of needle insertion.

Who will be providing it at Campus Health?

Campus Health has contracted with Triangle Acupuncture Clinic to provide acupuncture services. They have served Chapel Hill for 15 years, and will provide services at Campus Health with state licensed acupuncturist Chris Helmstetter, LAc.

You can learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and Triangle Acupuncture Clinic at

Where do I go for appointments?

Please use the Pharmacy entrance on the ground floor on the West side of the building, closest to Genome Sciences and The Beach Cafe to enter the building for your acupuncture appointment.