Welcome to Lance Acupuncture

22 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Heather Lance, Licensed Acupuncturist, MAOM

Heather is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is Board Certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine and practices both Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture styles at her private practice in Watertown.

Heather’s interest in China began early on and was fueled by her experience as a high school exchange student in Beijing where she spent four months living with a Chinese family and studying at a Chinese high school.

Heather attended Bard College
in Annandale, NY where she majored in Asian Studies with a focus on Mandarin Chinese Language and Chinese History. While attending Bard College she spent two semesters studying in Tianjin and Kunming, respectively.

With her background in Asian Studies and an inherent curiosity about health, nutrition, the body and its inner workings, she was naturally drawn to the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She attended the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) and graduated with a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine in 2007. While at NESA she interned at the Dimmock Community Health Center, the Boston Medical Center and the New England School of Acupuncture Student Clinic.

After graduating from NESA, Heather lived in China for nine months where she was able to study intensively with several renowned Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She interned at the Sino Japanese Friendship Hospital, the Tong Ren Tang Clinic, and the Hope Institute of Chinese Medicine. Heather also studied Medical Chinese at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and took an intensive course on Tibetan Medicine at the Beijing Tibetan Hospital.


Acupuncture is one modality within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a holistic system of medicine that originated in ancient China over 2,000 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses Acupuncture, massage therapy (Tui Na), herbal medicine, Feng Shui (the art of placement), internal arts (Tai Chi, Qi Gong) and dietary therapy.

Acupuncture is based on the concept of interconnected energetic pathways called meridians that traverse the body and through which qi, blood, and fluids flow. These meridians connect both internally and energetically with the internal organs, and it is through the stimulation of point found at very precise anatomical locations along these pathways that acupuncture helps to restore the body to balance. Acupuncture is based on the premise that the body is a powerful and intelligent system that is capable of healing itself.When illness, injury, trauma, or emotional upset disrupt the energetic flow of the meridian system, acupuncture can act as a catalyst to unblock stagnation and rectify imbalances. Instead of merely treating the symptoms, the resulting manifestations of an imbalance, acupuncture aims to address the root causes of illness. The beauty of Chinese Medicine lies in its emphasis on the individual. TCM diagnosis and treatments are based upon the differentiation of the internal patterns of imbalance unique to that person. 

I use sterilized one-time use disposable needles that are as thin as a hair. These needles are inserted to a depth of a few millimeters, just below the surface of the skin. Once the needles are in, most patients enter a deep state of relaxation and may even fall asleep. You may notice that your body feels lighter or you may experience a soothing rush of warmth or a cooling sensation move through your body, or maybe some achiness too. These are the effects of your energy pathways being stimulated. 



In the West, acupuncture has been given notoriety as being effective for pain management. However, it is a powerful tool for a wide variety of conditions due to its power to stimulate the body’s own healing response, and because it is a holistic treatment it has an overall therapeutic effect and treats the whole body. 

Acupuncture can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of virtually any illness or disorder. Here is an abbreviated list of the many conditions for which the World Health Organization considers acupuncture an appropriate treatment.

Respiratory / Ear, Nose, Throat

Colds & flu, asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, allergies, earaches.

Musculo-Skeletal / Neurological

Back/neck pain, arthritis, sciatica, bursitis/tendonitis, neuralgia, Bells’/Cerebral Palsy headache, dizziness, stroke, sprains/strains.

Genito-Urinary / Reproductive

Impotence, infertility, PMS, PID, Vaginitis, irregular menstruation, cramps, uterine bleeding, menopausal syndrome, morning sickness, difficult labor, urinary difficulties.

Internal / External

Hypo/hyperglycemia, hypertension, ulcers, irritable bowels/Colitis, hemorrhoids, diabetes, epigastric pain, abdominal masses.

Acne, herpes, eczema.

Mental / Emotional

Anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, palpitations.


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Lance Acupuncture

22 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472

(617) 901-4167


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed