Health Options Acupuncture Clinic
Charlotte Gallagher RN LAc

"The natural healing force within each one of
us is the greatest force in getting well."
---- Hippocrates

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What is Acupuncture?

The insertion of fine, sterile needles into the body at specific points which are effective in the treatment of specific disorders.These points lie along various meridians, or pathways of energy flow in the body. In Chinese Medicine, symptoms or disease are the manifestation of an imbalance of energy in the body, which can be corrected by the stimulation of points along the appropriate meridians. Acupuncture is complimentary to modern western medicine and may be used in conjunction for optimal results.

First time Expectations?

The first treatment will entail filling out a comprehensive health history questionnaire. Since acupuncture treats the whole person (body, mind and spirit), it is essential to have a complete picture of the individual. After the practitioner reviews this material with the individual, takes their pulses and looks at the tongue, point selection is determined based on the Chinese Medicine diagnosis determined at that time. For a typical treatment, the patient lies down in a comfortable environment. 8 to 14 needles are inserted in the appropriate points for approximately 20 to 30 mInutes. The needles are sterile, disposable and very fine and upon insertion the patient may feel a mild prickling sensation. The patient often feels quite relaxed during and following a treatment.

How many Treatments?

The number of treatments required varies depending on the individual’s health status. As a general rule, acute conditions may require several treatments whereas long term or chronic difficulties will require a longer course of treatments. A series of 10 treatments at weekly or biweekly intervals is commonly recommended and adequate for average situations. The patient will be the best judge of their response to acupuncture and they have the right to expect that their specific complaint(s) will be treated in a timely and professional manner.

Does Insurance cover Acupuncture?

Few insurances cover acupuncture in Minnesota. As of yet medicare and medical assistance does not. Refer to your policy and if acupuncture is covered, a statement will be prepared with necessary information for the patient to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement. If you have a medical expense account through your employer or a Health Savings Account one generally needs to submit a receipt for reimbursement.

About Charlotte

Acupuncture was recommended for my bunny Flopsy by her vet because of the arthritis in her back. She gave me Charlotte's name. Flopsy took to it right away! I put Flopsy's carrier on the bed and she would come out and go right over to Charlotte and after a few licks to Charlotte's hands, she would find her spot, lay down, and wait for Charlotte to start her treatment. She so enjoyed them and I could tell how much they helped her get around so I startted them for my back and for my allergies. That was in 2009 and we have gone ever since. It has alos helped so much to control my pain. Acupuncture helped ease her pain and gave me a chance to enjoy a few more years with her. I continue to go for my treatments and over the 3 years time I feel so much better and want to keep my body as pain free as possible. Flopsy and I thank you Charlotte!- Sharon Small


Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University. Masters of Oriental Medicine from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture(NCCAOM) in acupuncture and chinese herbology. Animal Acupuncture Certification in 2000 from TAI Sophia Institute in Maryland (150 hours) Acupuncture License by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Established Health Options Acupuncture Clinic in Mankato, Minnesota in 1994 Early on, I worked as a medical nurse at the University of Missouri. The majority of my nursing career was as a forensic psychiatric nurse. Currently have a collaborative relationship with veterinary clinic in southern Minnesota. My place of renewal and rejuvenation is my small hobby farm. I find that my interconnectedness with nature and non human animals lends to relaxation, restoration and self healing.


My interest to learn of medicines from around the world has been piqued since I began my studies of acupuncture/oriental medicine in 1990. Having worked as a Registered Nurse I had a strong base in western medicine or allopathic medicine, only to realize there are many integrative therapies that complement western medicine and that it would be in the best interest for our health to blend the best of all medicines. As a result of this interest and my desire to make our planet a healthier place, I have taken a few life changing trips to underserved parts of the world.

A small home that brings me happiness
The great wall is great.
Beautiful writing
Relaxing lakehouse
The mountains are beautiful
Relax, let today be enough
World Healing Exchange Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico March 2012 sponsored by Acupuncturist without Borders


All prices vary for different treatments, please call our office at 507-386-7318 to speak with a Licensed Acupuncturist, or email Charlotte Gallagher at


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1611 North Riverfront Drive Mankato, MN 56001