About George Mandler, LicAC, LDN -I began studying nutrition and Eastern healing arts over 20 years ago because of my own health issues. My personal health experience coupled with formal education as well as continually studying the work of brilliant practitioners and researchers reflects in the positive results my patients experience. I am dedicated to my work and helping people that are ready to take ownership of their health.
My acupuncture treatments are mostly the Japanese style of my primary teacher, internationally known Sensei Kiiko Matsumoto, whom I studied with for several years. I also utilize a style taught through disciples of a Taiwanese acupuncturist known as Master Tung Ching-Chang (1916-1975). I am humbled at the depth and breadth of these Masters' expertise and generosity as well as their disciples' generosity.
My personal and clinical experience tells me that diet is one of the most important aspects of health. If the diet is inappropriate for an individual then the acupuncture may not be as effective. Therefore I also practice Integrative Functional Nutrition for which I have extensive training. Included with nutrition are excellent quality herbal medicines and supplementation which I use when appropriate for patients.
I am a Licensed Acupuncturist and Licensed Dietitian specializing in digestive disorders and food sensitivities which can cause symptoms such as Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Immune challenges, Autoimmune, and Arthritis.
I also successfully treat a wide range of conditions such as Adrenal Fatigue, Blood Sugar Issues, Thyroid Imbalances, Infertility, Musculoskeletal, and Postpartum health.
I am a faculty member at the New England School of Acupuncture where I teach western nutrition, Chinese nutrition, and a continuing education class on "Nutrition for Acupuncturists". My office is in Stow, MA at Integrative Wellness where I practice along with my wife Joy Mandlerand Dr Linda Reynolds. We have a sweet clinic with private rooms and a community treatment room. Please come in for a visit.
If you have any questions please call my office at 978.461.2001 or contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
All traditional cultures have used some form of herbal medicine to treat illness and maintain health. The medicine we need to heal ourselves often grows all around us. For instance, aspirin was created from research on white willow bark, a substance that has traditionally been used as a form of herbal medicine in some Native American cultures.
Modern medicine is now studying many of the Chinese herbs that have been used for thousands of years. In fact, Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) even predates acupuncture, having been firmly established by 200BC (at the latest).
By the first century AD, much documentation of medicinal herbs and formulas already existed, and many of these are still in use today. Since its inception, Chinese Herbal Medicine has established how to differentiate between various dis-eased states and how to match the right prescription to the particular dis-ease. The thousands of years of accumulated knowledge help to make CHM a powerful healing modality.
Herbs can be either raw, powdered concentrate, or patent. All herbs follow strict manufacturing standards and many of the herbs are certified organic.
The raw form is one that you cook yourself. If you love to cook and love the smell of herbs, then this is an excellent choice, especially as it is often the best method of treatment. All raw herbs used by George are either certified organic or guaranteed to have been grown without pesticides or herbicides.
Powdered formulas are concentrated herbal extracts that are much easier to use than raw herb. In fact, one only needs to mix them in hot or warm water. They are also guaranteed to be grown without harmful chemicals and are imported from Taiwan.
Patent formulas are pre-made herbal blends much like an over the counter vitamin supplement. They are prescribed in cases where a patient's condition exactly matches the indications of the formula, or when convenience or cost is the most important factor. These formulas either come from Japan or the United states and follow strict manufacturing standards.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a proven medical modality for treating a variety of ailments. It is a one part of the comprehensive system of Chinese Medicine used for at least 2000 years. Acupuncture is used to treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being by inserting needles in a specific combination at select points throughout the body. Due to its proven effectiveness, it has become popular throughout the world.
What are the needles like? George Mandler uses only FDA approved sterile, hair thin disposable needles. They are only used once. These needles are carefully manufactured under the guidance of FDA and carries no risk of infection. Some people are afraid of needles because of their experience with hypodermic needles which are designed to tear through skin and blood vessels. Acupuncture needles are designed to painlessly penetrate the skin at a shallow depth. In fact a dozen acupuncture needles can fit in the opening of one hypodermic needle.
Does acupuncture hurt?
A common reaction with first time patients is "…you already put a needle in?". Most of the time you hardly feel them inserted into the skin.
Once an acupuncture needle is inserted you may feel a sensation of warmth, heaviness or energy moving through the body. The vast majority of people, even those who were afraid of acupuncture, find the experience very relaxing and rejuvenating.
What conditions does George treat using acupuncture?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture effective for a variety of ailments some of which include: General: Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal Problems, Insomnia, Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Sexual Dysfunction, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care. Women's Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Conception Difficulties, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties, Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems. Men's Health: Prostate, Infertility, Impotence. Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Management, Wellness, Seasonal Attunement.
George has special interest and excellent results with the following conditions:
Digestive issues such as IBS, colitis, gas, bloating
Fatigue including CFS
Maternal Health especially during pregnancy and post-partum care
Pain management especially of the lower back, neck and shoulders
How does acupuncture work?
In Chinese medicine, the points lie along pathways called "meridians." The acupuncture needles help balance energy flow throughout the body. Modern research is currently attempting to uncover the physiology of these meridians, and one theory suggests that they lie along the fascial planes of the body. The fascia is a three dimensional matrix of tissue that covers our entire body, and recent research has shown that it contains intricate inter-cellular signaling.Over 80% of all major acupuncture points lie within fascial boundaries between muscles and bones, and certain meridian systems directly correspond with fascial planes.
Acupuncture adjusts and stimulates your healing energy to improve the health of your inner (organ function) or outer (musculoskeletal) body. Acupuncture performed correctly helps bring the body back into homeostasis, or balance. Acupuncture is adaptogenic, meaning that it helps the body adapt to different stresses and to generally normalize its functions. For the majority of people, the treatment is so relaxing that at some point they'll fall asleep.
What conditions can you treat with acupuncture?
Most common health conditions can be effectively treated with acupuncture. George has special interest in digestive disorders, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain and perinatal care.
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothing. You can wear baggy pants or sweats on the bottom and a comfortable shirt on top. George needs to be able to have access to your abdomen and arms below the elbow and legs below the knee. If you are coming from work you can bring a change of clothes.
How many sessions do I need and how often should I get treated?
Each person is different in terms of frequency and duration of treatment. For acute conditions you may come in three times per week for 2 weeks. For a chronic condition you may come in more often, say two times per week for a few weeks, then down to once every other week. It really depends on your condition and you can discuss your concerns with George.
How long does a session last?
Each session is usually about 1 – 1.5 hours. It depends on the condition and the patient's time constraints as some patients desire shorter or longer sessions.
Your initial comprehensive session will last at least 1 hour 30 minutes.
How much does acupuncture cost?
The normal fee for acupuncture is $25-$75 per session depending on how many times per week you need to be treated. The initial session is an additional $20 for the comprehensive intake.
Since George is a licensed dietitian, acupuncture sessions almost always include a discussion about diet and supplements which is a cornerstone to good health. Each session is much more than just inserting needles as diet, lifestyle, supplements and herbal remedies are often discussed.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance? George is a preferred provider for all Massachusetts plans that contract with acupuncturists as preferred providers. Currently those plans are: Aetna, Cigna, United, Fidelity HPHC HMO. If you have insurance coverage with one of these plans they are billed directly and you are responsible for copay.
For other insurance plans that cover acupuncture (e.g. BC/BS Federal) and out of state plans (e.g. BC/BS California, Florida) George will provide you with a Superbill that you can submit for reimbursement. Please check your individual plan for your acupuncture benefits as coverage can vary within the same insurance carrier. State plans such as Commonwealth Care plans offer you a rebate for out of pocket acupuncture expenses.
All acupuncture treatments are covered under pre-tax health savings accounts. You can use health savings plan credit cards or submit superbills for all acupuncture visits.
"I didn’t even tell George anything was wrong. Yet he knew my symptoms just by checking my tongue and pulse. I was sold. Since starting treatment for fatigue, my energy has been steadily increasing and I’m functioning at a steadily higher level. As a single mom, this is vitally important.”
-Janet B, Maynard, MA
George combines modern Functional Medicine with ancient Chinese Medicine to uncover underlying physiologic nutritional imbalances. Just about anyone can benefit from a nutritional evaluation as the food we eat can be the cure or the cause for our ills.
At your first meeting you will be given dietary recommendations and possibly herbal, supplement or other lifestyle recommendations that will improve your health. All recommendations are individualized and unique to each person. Subsequent visits vary from every other week to every 2+ months, as each person is given different treatment plans.
At your first nutrition appointment please bring with you: (The forms below are downloaded from my clinic's website www.iwellnesscenter.com)
Any testing that you have had done in the past 2 years. (blood, urine, stool, saliva, skin prick testing etc). You can request copies from your PCP.
All supplements you are currently taking.
At your nutrition appointment George will utilizes your diet history, a nutritional assessment form, lab testing, Chinese Medicine diagnosis, and plenty of discussion to best assess your health. This combination helps uncover physiological imbalances and assists in painting a clearer picture of what nutritional approaches would serve you best. One type of nutrition does not fit everyone. We are all individuals. Some folks do great as a vegetarian; some folks need to eat meat; for many a Mediterranean type diet will serve them well. In addition, different phases of life require a different diet, such as pregnancy and breast feeding.
You will be given dietary and lifestyle modifications specific for your body at this particular time. If necessary further blood, urine or saliva testing will be used to uncover biochemical imbalances in your body.
George is a Preferred Provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield
George has a deep understanding of an issue that has become increasingly confusing to the layperson:
• What should I eat?
• What foods should I avoid?
• Are the foods I'm eating causing my symptoms?
• Are the supplements I'm taking worth my money?
• What supplements should I take and in what dosages?
• How long should I take these supplements?
This nutritional knowledge is enormously helpful, but the addition of his Chinese Medicine knowledge makes it far more effective. Because Chinese medicine and diagnosis addresses the root of the problem, he is able to help you is able to start feeling better quickly.
“George possesses profound practical knowledge about the body’s complex systems as well as a deep intuitive wisdom that enables him to identify the root of a person’s imbalance.”
-Amy H, Personal Chef and Triathlete, Newton, MA
This ability to diagnose properly, combined with skill in acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and a vast and current knowledge of nutrition, create a dynamic healing combination.
You’ll find that what you need to eat and what supplements you need to take aren’t the same as what someone else needs to eat and take. No wonder you’re so confused!
George will also determine whether or not any combination of Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and/or shiatsu will be effective for your situation.
With our help, your health problems will abate and eventually be healed.