Lynn Maloney Acupuncture

Using your body’s intelligence to heal

Lynn Maloney Acupuncture in Columbia, MO

I provide treatment using the ancient art and science of acupuncture to relieve your symptoms. Although many pursue acupuncture as an alternative to medication and surgery, others draw on the power of acupuncture to speed recovery from surgery or reduce the need for medication. Your acupuncture treatment will be guided by the information your body provides through your pulses and other signs and symptoms.

Your body’s intelligence, as well as your feedback, will be the key to determining each and every treatment. In turn, an acupuncture treatment that responds to the information provided by your body will then catalyze the body’s intelligence, or healing wisdom, to heal. Lynn Maloney has been providing effective relief for pain associated with joints, muscles and nerves, as well as chronic conditions of headache, digestion, sleep and anxiety, since 2000.

In 2024 I added shamanic healing practices to my service after completing a three-year professional training in shamanic healing. These services are scheduled outside of my regular acupuncture calendar, require separate intake forms, and must be scheduled with me by phone.

Acupuncture has a longer track record of healing people than any other medical method on the planet. It can provide pain relief without pills, improve your energy and fortify your body’s natural defenses.


After an initial one hour appointment where we clarify goals and review health history I will read pulses at your wrists and neck and feel energy channels, called meridians, to detect differences in temperature, texture and moisture. Hair-thin needles will be gently inserted into specific acupuncture points according to this assessment. The sensations that most patients feel does not come from the insertion of needles. Instead, the most common sensations are felt after the needle has been inserted and their qi, or vital energy, has met the needle.

Shamanic Healing

Like acupuncture, shamanic healing is ancient and practiced globally. These practices can address physical, mental, and emotional challenges including relationship issues, difficulties with understanding and aligning with your purpose, and creating more ease and increased vitality. Shamanic healing can support your healing work in other modalities like psychotherapy, acupuncture, bodywork or western medicine. It may be a part of your regular self-maintenance and is potentially a means to assist in healing our relationship to community and global issues that touch our lives each day.

See What My Patients Say

I feel very fortunate to have found Lynn Maloney, approximately 6 months after I survived a CVA (stroke). Lynn’s treatments have helped me immensely in the relief of headaches and incontinence. I have grown to appreciate her professional knowledge and procedures as well as her friendliness.

I am very pleased with the results of Lynn’s acupuncture treatments. After two years of nearly constant pain, I was willing to try anything!! Now I am completely pain-free. I would advise anyone with chronic pain to try the acupuncture treatment.

Lynn is a terrific resource for wellness maintenance. She is wonderfully perceptive about her clients’ needs, holistic in her approach and skillful in her practice. A visit with Lynn always leaves me feeling great.

I went to Lynn with numerous complaints. One was that I would be totally exhausted by mid-morning and if I didn’t take a nap, the rest of the day would be shot. After only 6 appointments, I no longer need naps. What a joy not to walk through the day in a fog. Thank you Lynn.

Frequently Asked Questions

I provide receipts with ICD-9 codes for my patients to submit to their carriers. While most patients pay for treatment out of pocket, it is worth inquiring with your carrier to see if you can be reimbursed for your treatment. Those who maintain cafeteria plans with their employer are able to be reimbursed by those plans for the cost of their treatment.

The state of Missouri grants licenses to acupuncturists who have passed the national exam of the National Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Those who have passed the national exam may use the initials “Dipl. Ac.” after their name. Generally, those who pass this exam have graduated from a three-year master’s degree program (denoted by “M.Ac.”). Go to to find a Dipl. Ac.

Most acupuncturists will recommend that you plan to have a treatment once or twice each week for about five weeks. It is common for symptoms to be significantly reduced at the end of this time. Thereafter, you may choose to continue at the same pace , or you may reduce frequency to weekly or bi-weekly and then monthly or seasonally for maintenance. Your practitioner will help you plan the best frequency for your treatment goals.

Acupuncture needles are completely unlike needles used for injecting medicine, drawing blood, or for sewing. Instead, these hair-thin needles are solid, rather than hollow, and are designed to glide into the skin. They do not have a rough edge as do hypodermic needles that are used to deliver medicine or withdraw blood. Neither are they rigid like a needle that could be used to sew together two pieces of material. Instead, they flex and are too fine to puncture the thick walls of an artery. It is very rare to bleed from an acupuncture needle. Only very rarely might bruising be caused from hitting a capillary. Each needle is sterile and sealed in an individual blister packaging until the time of needling. Needles are disposed of in a bio-hazardous container after each and every treatment, never to be used again.

Acupuncture has been recognized by both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health as a useful means of relieving a great variety of symptoms. It has been used effectively for joint and muscle pain, problems of digestion and sleep, fatigue, depression, anxiety, migraine, and respiratory complaints, among others. Whereas western allopathic treatment is more effective in providing faster relief for acute and critical conditions, acupuncture is often more successful for chronic conditions that have not been successfully addressed with surgery or medication. Increasingly, the western and eastern approaches are being usefully complemented within a single patient’s care.

There are many reasons why patients choose acupuncture. These include a preference for a non-surgical and non-medicative approach, and a desire to tap into the body’s gentle healing potential. Often, patients begin acupuncture treatment because other approaches have not been satisfactory in responding to their symptoms. Some patients even use acupuncture to maintain and also optimize their health, finding that acupuncture improves their energy-level and helps them get sick less often.

Acupuncture is based on a tradition that predates the form of western medicine commonly practiced today. Diagnoses that are derived from the perspective of western medicine are not used as the basis of treatment in acupuncture. Instead of focusing on nerves and biochemicals, your acupuncturist will focus on how qi* is moving in your body. Your acupuncturist treats YOU, not your condition. (* “Qi” is often translated as “life force” and commonly associated with the body’s inherent electromagnetism.)

Acupuncture has been used to speed recovery from surgery as well as counter the side-effects of chemotherapy. It is a useful adjunct to a host of therapies including psychotherapy and those that use physical manipulation (osteopathy, physical therapy, chiropractice, massage). Some patients who use medication for chronic conditions find their doctor is able to reduce the recommended dosage or they notice that they use medications less frequently if they are receiving treatment on a regular basis.

Patients are often surprised by how little sensation they feel when the needles are inserted. Acupuncture needles are as thin as human hair and are designed to glide into the skin. They are very soft and flexible. Some parts of the body, such as fingers and toes tend to be more sensitive and the points in these areas may sting for a few seconds. Often, the insertion is not felt at all, while the contact of the needle with the qi following insertion can generate a variety of sensations; there may be a dull, aching sensation, a sense of electrical current being propagated along the meridian, or a mere heaviness or thickness.

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