What patients are saying…

Back Pain

"I have had chronic back pain for three years. After surgery, weekly visits to the best physical therapists, time at the chiropractor, nothing seemed to help. Acupuncture was my last resort, but I honestly wish it had been my first. I cannot express enough gratitude to Mark for helping me with not only my pain, but also for treating me for additional issues. My pain created a vicious cycle where I became so stressed out that it interfered with daily activity and my overall well-being. I think it’s magical; I walk into my sessions like a tornado and leave like a calm breeze. Centered, mindful, and pain-free, I can finally focus on my life in a positive, tactful way. If you are looking for a highly professional licensed practitioner as well as a clean soothing environment, this is the place. If you are considering acupuncture for pain or are just looking for a healthy way to improve your life, Five Points Acupuncture is the answer! I cannot explain how beneficial this experience has been with words; you must try it for yourself."

-Gretchen W



"Mark at Five Points Acupuncture was great! I started going here several months ago when I began my IVF fertility treatment. Mark was able to help manage the side effects of the stimulation medicine and stress that comes with all the emotions and physical changes I was experiencing. I was one of the lucky ones to have a successful IVF experience. I think Mark's knowledge and kind spirited nature really helped me get through the process and into my first trimester. I would recommend his services to anyone dealing with infertility or other ailments. Acupuncture really works and is a great alternative therapy to use".

-Christina G


Knee Pain

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to Five Points Acupunture & Wellness. Mark has been treating me for pain in my shoulder and knees. It is amazing to be pain free and able to enjoy a better quality of life.
Thank you Mark,"

-Karen W


Plantar Fasciitis

"I started acupuncture treatment with Mark after suffering with plantar fasciitis pain for a year. I had tried physical therapy, cortisone injections, a walking boot, custom orthotics, etc. with little to no improvement. After two months of acupuncture, my foot pain was almost entirely gone. In addition, I am better able to deal with stress, my sleep quality has improved and Mark has been able to help me with a number of issues from allergies to digestion. He takes the time to talk to you and listen at each visit and tailors the treatment to your needs at that time. I highly recommend Five Points Acupuncture".

-Amoreena W


"I started seeing Mark a few months ago for Plantar Fasciitis in both feet. I had been suffering for many years and have gone through pretty much all recommended orthopedic treatments, Physical Therapy, steroid injections, insoles, night splints, NSAIDs, you name it.

I had exhausted all possibilities and the next step was surgery on both feet, an option I really did not want to pursue. Today, I am pain free thanks to Mark’s treatments. I have not yet started running again (which is the next step), but my day-to-day quality of life has improved 10-fold.

I would suggest anyone suffering from this ailment to give acupuncture a try and see Mark."

-Paul H



"I attempted to get pregnant for five years with many complications and was unable to conceive. Through acupuncture and herbal remedies I was able to get pregnant the natural way. Acupuncture has also helped relieve pain in my low back and has kept my stress level to a minimum. Mark is the best there is and without these treatments I wouldn't feel as balanced and whole. Choosing this alternative form of medicine has dramatically changed my life!"

-Lauren Tewksbury, MA


Headaches/Sleep/Digestion  June 2012


I first met Mark at Five Points Acupuncture in December 2011.  I really had no idea what issues could be addressed and what could not.  I had a long consultation with Mark.  I had regularly had headaches (2-3 wk) and thought not much of it at all, not even worth mentioning.  Part of life and stress!  My other complaint was I had a hard time staying asleep.  After a few acupuncture sessions I saw signs of change in my sleep and headaches.  I am sleeping much  better and for my headaches, I have not had an aspirin/Tylenol since January – this is now about 5 months.  Those issues seem to now be in control.

Mark now reached further to see about my LPR (a form of reflux).  I was taking medication daily and became concerned when the medical office told me I would have to purchase OTC.  I was upset that this would be costly because I was taking on a daily basis.   Mark started to work on my  problem, and I went to see my primary care.  She was able to get approval for another medication for me – but going thru the health care system and getting “prior authorization”, was a 3-4 week wait.  In the meantime I seemed to be feeling pretty good and didn’t have that nasty feeling that I needed the medication.   I think it has been 8-10 weeks without any medication.  The longer I can go without medication the better.  I would suggest people give Five Points Acupuncture a try, it has been a rewarding experience for me.

-Michele Reading, MA


Migraines May 2012

I had been experiencing HA's for over 2+years.  My pain level was approximately 5-6/10 and sometimes as high as 7/10 with an almost daily frequency.  I was frustrated taking Fiorecet all the time and sometimes, if the Fiorecet didn't do the trick, I'd get a Diet Coke with Caffeine hoping that would open the blood vessels to let blood flow.....  I had also thought my HA's were from barometric pressure changes in our New England weather but was tired of saying my HA's were from "the weather".............Frustration, Aggravation, Irritation.........   Like I said, I was ready to walk on hot coals.

So, I was at my office one day where the HA's (sometimes as many as 3/day) had just got to the point where I had decided to do something about it.  I made appts. w/Mark with an "OPEN MIND".  Hence, my visit to Mark.  As I said, I was very open to this "new" medicine (which is over 2500 years young) and thought "what do I have to lose".  His office is very inviting, quite/relaxing and he is very accommodating.  He is very concerned about patient comfort, confidentiality and listens with open mind.

And today I am happy to say my frequency has declined by 85-90% and I only seem to have "hints" of HA's which leave almost as quickly as they come.  So, in the long run would I recommend Mark.................  That's an easy one. . . . . a most definite YES!!

-CGS  Reading


Infertility/IVF Support

After successfully having a child in 2009, I was shocked to find out in the spring of 2011 that I was diagnosed with secondary infertility.  Immediately I began seeing a fertility specialist and experienced two failed IUI treatments.  Knowing that wasn’t working, I jumped right into the whole IVF process.

Upon starting, my fertility specialist recommended that I see Mark Whalen for acupuncture treatments to help prepare and strengthen my body.   At this point I knew what I wanted out of IVF, to get pregnant so I did not hesitate and called Mark’s office when I got home.  Needless to say I was hesitant and a bit skeptical, but I put those thoughts aside and went for it.

As soon as I met Mark, I knew I was in the right place and I felt an instant sense of relief.  Someone other than my doctors knew what I was going through.  He offered ways to treat my problem, as well as get me to relax (not an easy task) as I am always on the go.  Once I started going for my visits two times a week I noticed a change in how I processed things, I was calmer and definitely more relaxed.  My body seemed to positively respond to all that was going on and I ended up getting pregnant.

I cannot say enough good things about Mark, and how professional he is.  There is a gentleness about him that compliments his knowledge of acupuncture and truly makes his techniques effective.  Knowing that there is one more thing, and one more person that can help you achieve your goal of becoming pregnant makes it all worth it.  If you are going through IVF, I highly recommend that you see Mark Whalen at Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness.

P.S.– Reading, MA


Mark is magical!!!!!  Prior to using Mark, my husband and I had being trying to have baby for a long time and was not successful.  We finally decided to go with the fertility treatment (twice) and was still unsuccessful.  We saw in the internet that acuputure would help.  Therefore, before we start our 3rd fertility treatment, we seek help from Mark.  Using his treatment program (before, during and after ivf) we finally got a positive result in our 3rd if cycle.  I am now in my 17th weeks.....baby and I are both doing great!!!  Mark is professional, patient, and definitely knows acupuncture.  I would recommend Mark to anyone at any time!

KL Woburn, MA


Digestive Disorders

In the summer of 2006 after years of gastrointestinal distress, medications and surgeries, I made a last ditch effort to take control of my health and get well with acupuncture. I was skeptical and terrified! Mark was so patient and kind, and really took his time to help me through the process and all my trepidation, particularly about the needles. He has such a wonderful "bedside manner" and quickly put me at ease with his charm and wit. After only a few treatments I was off all my medications and have now been surgery-free for almost five years! Mark's expertise and diligence in treating me, combined with my commitment to the process, has literally saved my life! Not only have I been surgery-free, but I am virtually symptom-free as well! It has been a long, intricate road to wellness, but Mark is such a dedicated and knowledgable practitioner that he has made my treatments something to which I look forward and truly enjoy! Further, he is always willing to go the extra mile to answer my many questions. I sincerely and confidently endorse Mark as a practitioner, and I wholeheartedly recommend acupuncture as part of anyone's path to wellness! I am living proof that it WORKS!

LD - Brockton, MA


After many years of suffering with digestive issues, I found permanent relief via the acupuncture treatment Mark provides. Through treatment sessions and Chinese herbs, I am regular and do not suffer from gas and bloating. I also have more energy.

In addition to helping me with my digestive issues, Mark's treatment has also focused on making my periods regular and minimizing the PMS symptoms. Now I hardly have PMS at all. Recently, Mark began treating me again because I was suffering from stress and anxiety which made it difficult for me to sleep and relax. Through acupuncture and a Chinese herb regimen, I started feeling more relaxed and am sleeping better. I've been sleeping through the night and feel much happier.

I firmly believe that acupuncture is an integral part of my healing process. At times in my life when traditional medicine did not provide any relief or solution, acupuncture has worked wonders. I highly recommend Mark's clinic, it is a comfortable and welcoming environment.



Migraines/Digestion/Overall Health

Mark has been treating me with acupuncture for almost 5 years. He's seen me through migraines, digestive issues, and fertility primarily with the odd cold or body pain here and there. With fertility, acupuncture got my body ready for the journey. But it was while I was pregnant that acupuncture helped the most -- keeping "morning sickness" at bay was nothing short of a miracle. And feeling comfortable in the end was a big help. I even went for lactation issues and was relieved when Mark was successful there too and I was able to nurse. I still get treatment for general wellness and balance. Mark has been amazing to work with. He's gentle, thoughtful, accessible and very knowledgeable about both Chinese Medicine and nutrition. And he is always wiling to go above and beyond to research and answer my many, many questions."

AC - Reading, MA


Heel Spur/Plantar Fasciitis

So, I am a runner. It took me awhile to come to terms with it, but I am. I actually tell people I jog (because I go s-l-o-w). September of 2010 I woke up one morning in extreme pain. I had a heel spur. I was bummed, really bummed.

I first started acupuncture with Mark in March of 2011 to help heal a heel spur and the resulting plantar fasciitis. After going to my primary care, chiropractor, and physical therapy I needed and plateauing in my heeling I wanting to try something new.

I had never done acupuncture before. From the first session Mark was extremely easy to work with. He is thoughtful when he records symptom history and takes the time to get to know how my problem had progressed since the last visit. Thanks to Mark, I am back on the streets jogging and gradually improving the pain I experience week to week.

Adam D. - Cambridge, MA



I was a client of Mark Whalen, acupuncturist, for over a year and I recommend his services to anyone in need. Not only is he professional and gentle but knowledgeable regarding women's health. I was seeking help for my severe endometriosis and by the end of our sessions I was barely symptomatic and my overall condition and mood have greatly improved! I look forward to future sessions at his new clinic in Reading.

Erin - Saugus, MA


Back Pain August 2011

I was recommened to see Mark Whalen at Five Points Acupuncture  and Wellness by a loyal friend.  I had a sharp pain in my lower back which made it difficult to walk.    After five appointments with Mark, I am pain free and walking fine .  Mark is very professional and skilled in his work of Acupuncture and  Wellness.  I recommend Mark  highly  as  a  licensed  person  in  acupuncture  and  wellness.

Sincerely,   Thomas  E. Danvers, MA



Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness
20 Pondmeadow Dr #107, Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944-3000


Serving Reading, North Reading, Wakefield, Burlington and the surrounding Middlesex County, MA areas.

Zip Codes: 01730, 01810, 01867, 01880, 01821, 01803, 01864, 01876,
01887, 01915, 01923, 01940, 01949, 01960