About Us

Acupuncture of Iowa is Eastern Iowa’s premier acupuncture clinic since 1992. Licensed acupuncturist Laura Christensen provides acupuncture and related Oriental Medical Therapies, such as TCM acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, Balance Method, Master Tong’s style, Korean acupuncture, 5 Element acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, electroacupuncture, auricular acupuncture, laser acupuncture, acupressure, health coaching and lifestyle recommendations, dietary therapies, traditional Chinese herbal therapy, therapeutic activity recommendations, and more.

At Acupuncture of Iowa, Laura specializes in treating back pain, leg pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, headache, joint pain, nerve pain, cancer pain, and any other acute or chronic pain. Also help for many internal medicine problems such as digestive, respiratory, genitourinary, immune, and others. Women’s health problems are also commonly treated here, including infertility.

Laura’s special training in KMS acupuncture (Kiiko Matsumoto Style, a variety of Nan Jing acupuncture) puts her head and shoulders above other practitioners in our area. KMS acupuncture works rapidly and powerfully to thoroughly treat many internal medicine and pain problems. It is based on the 60 years of experience of Dr. Nagano, the blind acupuncturist who taught Kiiko Matsumoto. Kiiko herself has been practicing and researching acupuncture for 40 years and has studied with some of the most famous acupuncturists in Modern Japan, including Yoshio Manaka.

At Acupuncture of Iowa, pain relief and pain management are just a couple of reasons people seek treatment. Many of our patients find acupuncture and herbal remedies helpful for allergies, hot flashes, anxiety and depression, insomnia, fatigue, skin conditions, digestive problems, infertility, turning breech babies, inducing labor, other reproductive issues, urinary issues, respiratory disease, and many other medical concerns. We are also happy to help those with complex health issues including fibromyalgia, food allergies, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity, among others.

Our training brings together the best of both worlds: knowledge of biomedical physiology, anatomy, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, mental health, and other aspects of western medicine; as well as extensive graduate level training in Chinese Medicine theory, and traditional herbalism. We also have post-graduate training in specialty areas of acupuncture including Worsley Five Element acupuncture, Master Tong’s acupuncture, The Balance Method, Japanese acupuncture, Kiiko Matsumoto Style acupuncture, Korean Hand acupuncture (KHT), Chinese herbology, and dietary therapies from the Chinese medical tradition in addition to the Western herbal tradition.


Our Clinic

Here at Acupuncture of Iowa we strive to always provide a comfortable space where clients feel safe and cared for. Our knowledgeable front desk staff will help with any questions and graciously handle the business aspects of your visit. We have 8 consultation/treatment rooms which are private, warm, and comfortable. We pride ourselves on our wonderful, relaxing music.

Our 00d0d_8w55ckE3gZJ_1200x900partner clinic, Towncrest Natural Health, shares our location. There, Amber Thunell, Suzannah Neal, John Westefeld, Traci Davis and Sandy Kemp provide healing services that complement acupuncture.

People of all faiths, values, lifestyles, and belief systems are welcome.

The clinic is handicap-accessible; please let us know your special needs when you call for your appointment.


General Location

We are located in the Towncrest Center, south of Muscatine Ave, a half block south of the Kum and Go gas station, and facing the orthodontist clinic and Iowa City Hospice on Wade Street. University of Iowa Orthopedics Research is directly across from us on Towncrest Drive. There is plenty of free parking in front of our clinic, and on the west and south sides.10Summer 033

We are served by the Towncrest bus line. There is a stop just around the corner on Muscatine Ave, both coming out and going back to town. The bus runs at 10 after the hour and 40 after the hour during peak times.