Mark Acupuncture





Highly Experienced Board certified acupuncture physician



Dr. Mark Li is board certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Mark Li is certified by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique. He is state certified as a Licensed Acupuncturist by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Dr. Li received his Doctorate Degree of Medicine from China Medical University in 1982, after that he received Masters Degree of  Traditional Chinese Medicine from  Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine  in 2008, He got his Master of Medicine in 1987, and his PhD. Degree of Gynecology from Peking University in 1991. Dr. Li specializes in pain management, sport medicine, rehabilitation of  car accident, workers’ compensation, brain and spin cord injury and stroke rehabilitation. He also specializes in women's’ issues including PMS, infertility, menopausal, and support treatment for gynecologic cancer and other cancers; he is also good at psychoneurosis issues including anxiety, depression, stress, and migraines.  He also focuses on issues of immunology, endocrine, and cancer related issues as well. Dr. Li has been serving great Pittsburgh area as acupuncturist for last 7 years, in 5 different clinic office.

    Dr. Li take Covid 19  precautions carefully, he was a physician, MD of Fushun infectious disease hospital for two years 30 years ago, so he has more clinical experience and knowledge about bacteria, virus, treatment and prevention for infectious diseases.   He dose many prevention in office now: double  disposable full paper sheets, disposable needles, N95 mask, disposable gloves, separately treat patients; two UV lights used  to kill viruses and others in the air and surface everyday; sanitizer ; alcohol . We do not have covid positive people since covid19 started.   





Head Pain

  • Migraine Headaches

  • Sinusitis Headache

  • Cluster Headaches

  • Optical Migraine

  • Stress Headaches

  • Vascular Headaches

Leg and Knee Pain

  • Foot Pain

  • Knee Osteoarthritis

  • Sore Knees

  • Heel Pain

  • Ankle Pain

Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Concussion, brain and spinal core injury

  • Stroke Recovery

  • Bell's palsy (Facial palsy)

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Movement Disorders

  • Neuropathy

  • MS, Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, polio, sprains, muscle spasms, shingles

Men's Issues and Urinary System Issues

  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

  • Premature Ejaculation

  • Impotence

  • Decreased Libido

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

  • Prostatitis

  • Impotency Decreased Libido

  • Prostate Disorders

  • Low Sperm Count

  • Male Infertility

  • Frequent Urination

  • Bladder Control Problem

  • Bed Wetting

  • Enuresis

  • Incontinence

Upper/Lower Back Pain

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Herniated Disk

  • Bulging Disk

  • Lumbago

  • Degenerative Disk Disease

  • Sciatica Nerve Pain

  • Neck pain

  • Whiplash Pain

Women's Health Issues

  • Infertility

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • Menstrual Disorder

  • Menstrual Cramps

  • Heavy Menstruation

  • Irregular Periods

  • Menopause

  • Hot Flashes

  • Night Sweats

  • Uterine Prolapses

  • Endometriosis; Fibroids

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Indigestion

  • Loss of Appetite

  • Dyspepsia

  • Heartburn

  • Acid Reflux

  • Chronic Gastritis

  • Gastric Ulcer

  • Stomach Pain

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Chronic Diarrhea

  • Bowel Gas

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Constipation

Other Issues

Support treatment for Cancer

Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders


Allergic Rhinitis


Thyroid Disorders

Skin Disorders




Shoulder and Hand Pain

  • Rotator Cuff Pain

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Hand Pain

  • Hand Tingling

  • Wrist Pain

Mental Health Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Energy healing

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

Respiratory and Immune Disorders

  • Asthma

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Chronic Bronchitis

  • Chronic Cough

  • Chronic fatigue, allergies, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

  • Rheumatoid arthritis .

  • Sinusitis

  • Allergic Rhinitis

  • Rhinitis

Wellness and Health

  • Obesity

  • Over Weight

  • Stop Smoking

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Fatigue

  • Sugar Craving

Acupuncture Clinic In Pittsburgh, Pa


Mark Acupuncture specializes in treatment of sport injuries, personal injuries, oncology, pain, mental illness and work-related injuries. Our mission is to provide the best patient care to our local communities, while providing aid to people around the world. Pittsburgh, Bethel Park, McMurray, Bridgeville

Mark Acupuncture is a leading acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice acclaimed for its expertise in men’s and women’s health. Acupuncture, TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture clinic, acupuncturist, Chinese Acupuncture We believe that good medicine combines the best that Eastern and Western medicine has to offer around the world and our clinic is derived from the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese Medical practice, which involves the stimulation of different points of the human body to help relieve pain, illness, discomfort, and much more.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest non-surgical treatment options used to treat pain conditions in recent history. Acupuncture, when used for pain relief, can be effective in treating all types of ailments of the human body. Acupuncture, TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture clinic, acupuncturist, Chinese Acupuncture. A healthy balance is the key to health. Sickness, injury, poor lifestyle habits, and the stresses of everyday are common in human life and can disrupt the balance that is so important to wellness and vitality. Pittsburgh, Bethel Park, McMurray, Bridgeville. Acupuncture is a time-tested method for restoring a healthy balance. It has been used in many parts of the world for thousands of years and has helped a countless number of individuals with a variety of ailments to their respective bodies. 

  • Gynecological Issues: menses disorders, menalgia, PMS, infertility, PCOS, Pregnancy issues (sickness, nausea, vomiting, lower back pain, swollen legs).
  • Neurological Issues: migraines, Bell's palsy, concussion, dizziness, neurological rehabilitation, Strok
  • Sports medicine: Strain, Sprain, Neck, Shoulder, and Elbow pain, Joint and muscle pain.
  • Mental Health Issues: Anxiety, Sleeplessness, anger, depression, headaches, nervousness


Are there any "Do's" and "Don't's" on the day of treatment?

Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:

  • We recommend loose, comfortable clothing that gives the acupuncturist access to your knees, elbows, and, in some cases, your back. These areas are important distal points in acupuncture. You may also wish to consider where you may be experiencing pain and to wear clothing that allows your acupuncturist access to that area(s).
  • Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.

  • Do not do acupuncture when you are hungry or empty stomach.
  • Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.

  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.

  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment.

  • Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problems.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a profound pathway to create the life you truly want to live. The modalities used to facilitate the process of natural healing include acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, tui-na (chinese medical massage), Guasha, nutritional counseling, exercise and lifestyle recommendations.

TCM has the power to unlock your true potential and help you develop and use your own unique gifts and talents. It’s insightful wisdom and ability to understand and address individual health needs empowers each person with a way to unite body, mind, and spirit—the foundation for lasting, authentic health. TCM teaches you how to live a life of balance, wellness, and harmony. It’s true that TCM is one of the oldest healing systems on the planet. It has actually been in continuous practice for thousands of years.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is an ancient technique that originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is the fastest growing method of health care in America today. Acupuncture is an ancient medicine system of balancing, regulating and strengthening the life force of the human body; called Qi (pronounced chee). Acupuncturists recognize particular pathways called “channels or meridians” through which Qi circulates throughout the body. The channels connect all of the internal organs with the rest of the body and provide a constant flow of energy to every cell. The imbalances or blockages in the flow of qi will result in illness, disease and pain. The gentle insertion of hair-thin sterile needles at specific points along the body’s channels of qi energy helps restore harmony at the deepest level for the body, mind, and spirit.

Generally speaking, it helps our body heal itself. The needle inserting into certain parts of the body, initiates the healing system/ability which was jammed or slowed down, start to function again. Our body has a healing system and healing ability which is designed with the wisdom and power of our loving God. And it works so wonderfully. Without this healing ability no human doctor can help any disease. The ancient Chinese doctors might have known the secret and took advantage of the body's healing system by using needles inserted into the body. Billions and billions of Chinese people have been healed in the past thousands years.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is a relatively painless natural technique. It consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of sterile, disposable, small, hair-width needles placed at precise strategic points on the body. While many acupuncture patients are initially wary about their first treatment, they soon discover that the experience is quite pleasurable and pain-free. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate and release opiate-like hormones and induce a state of relaxation, balance and healing.

Each unique person experiences their acupuncture treatment differently. Patients may feel nothing, heaviness, distention, a dull ache, warmth and/or a tingling sensation. While the treatment may sometimes feel uncomfortable it will rarely, if ever, produce pain. Your comfort before, during, and after acupuncture is of paramount importance. Do not hesitate to voice any concerns or reservations you may have before or during your treatment. Many patients experience a relaxed and peaceful state during the session.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe when administered by a qualified and licensed professional. In fact, when practiced correctly, acupuncture is associated with no side-effects nor iatrogenic (doctor-caused) diseases. Thin, sterile needles are used and disposed of after each use so there is minimal to no risk of infection. Considering the millions of people who are treated with acupuncture each year and the large number of acupuncture needles used, very few complications have been reported to the FDA.

What can Acupuncture treat?

According to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes acupuncture is beneficial to treat:

  • Chronic and Acute Pain – Injuries, headaches, neck, shoulder, back & knee pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia.
  • Digestive Disorders – Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers.
  • Gynecological-PMS, painful or irregular menses, menopause, infertility.
  • Pregnancy -pre and post-partum care, breech, labor and delivery.
  • Neurological Disorders – Post-stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders, neuropathy.
  • Respiratory Disorders – Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu.
  • Immune Function – Recurrent infections, rheumatoid arthritis, MS.
  • Addictions – Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs.
  • Eye and Ear Disorders – Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, impaired vision.
  • Psychological- Depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia.

What can I expect during the treatment?

The acupuncturist will begin by taking a complete health history. The practitioner will then do a comprehensive intake and exam which will consist of asking numerous questions about your general health and primary complaint. An acupuncturist's physical exam includes a detailed examination and analysis of the pulse and tongue, as well as abdominal palpation and facial diagnosis. When the acupuncturist has arrived at a working diagnosis, and selected the acupuncture points, the skin will be cleaned with alcohol. A sterilized disposable needle that is as thin as a hair will be placed into the point. The needles will be inserted and left in for 15-30 minutes. Ten to 20 needles may be inserted although most times fewer are used, depending on the condition and how many conditions are being treated. To enhance the effect of acupuncture, Dr. Mark may choose to use additional modalities such as electrical stimulation, moxibustion, cupping, auricular acupuncture, massage and/or infra-red heat therapy, Guasha. Chinese medicinal herbs may be prescribed to support the acupuncture treatment

How many treatments will I need?

<h4 class="font_4">How much treatment needed varies from person to person. For instance a person with an acute condition usually needs just a few visits and even a single treatment may be sufficient to resolve it; whereas a person with a complete condition may need one or two treatments a week for several months. Some chronic conditions may require a series of treatments over period of time. Adjunct TCM therapies and self-care techniques can be used to accelerate your progress and reduce the number of treatments required. This may include herbal medicine, moxibusition, dietary & lifestyle recommendations, nutritional supplementation, energetic exercises, meditation, and relaxation techniques. For health maintenance four treatments a year may be all that is recommended.</h4>

What are your clinic's hours?

Dr. Mark's Clinic Hours in Shadyside are Monday, Thursday 9-7, and Friday 2-7 ;

in Peters Township Hours are: Tuesday 8-12, Saturday 2-7.

He will occasionally, start earlier and finish up later if that is needed for his patients.

He also works in Allegheny Physical Medicine in Bethel Park on Saturday morning, and Wednesday afternoon; and at the Neuropychiatry Center in Bridgville.

Do you accept insurance?

More and more insurance companies are covering Acupuncture. For example UPMC, Veterans Choice Program, and federal insurance all cover acupuncture. Before selecting a health insurance you should check to see if acupuncture is a benefit on their plan.

Allegany Physical Medicine Dr. Li is working there will gladly check your insurance benefits for you if you do not know whether your plan covers acupuncture. Please bring your Insurance information, including your full name, Insurance company, member ID and your date of birth with you. We will let you know within a few days what your insurance benefits will cover.

Allegany Physical Medicine Dr. Li is working there is in network with UPMC, Veterans Choice Program and treats many patients out of network with other plans. Send your insurance information to us, and let’s see what is possible for receiving Acupuncture through your insurance plan.

You also can directly call insurace company by yourself or check your insurace plan to see the benefits for acupuncture.

If you would like to make insurance claims yourself, we in Highland Park Office will offer you a Super Bill with the diagnostic codes your insurance company looks for to provide reimbursement .

Do you offer free consultations?

If you are curious and interested to explore how acupuncture and the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine may benefit your life, Dr. Li offers free phone and in office consultationsfor 15 min.( in Highland Park Office only). He would be happy to meet you and discuss any concerns and questions you may have. You just need to make an appointment in Highland Park office for a free 15 min consultation then go home and consider making the decision.

Please call (412) 419-6866 or email today to set up an appointment or to book a free mini consultation today.



Waterdam office Presentations:

Friday or Saturday from 6 to 7PM

Presentations are generally about 45 minutes on a topic below, followed by questions for  20min.

Audiences can be potential patients, medical professionals or anyone who may be curious about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

1. Introduction of Acupuncture and Chinese Traditional Medicine.

2. Fight Against Pain Without Opioids.

3. Acupuncture treatments for Migraine, Headache, and TMJ without Opioids.

4. Acupuncture Treatment for Lower Back, Hip and Leg Pain without Opioids.

5. Acupuncture Treatment for Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain without Opioids.

6. Neurological Issues in Car Accidents and Workers’ Compensation.

8. Neurological Diseases can be treated by Acupuncture.

9. Infertility, Pregnancy Issues and Chinese Traditional Medicine.

10. Women’s Menstruation, Hormonal Issues and Chinese Traditional Medicine.

11. Women’s Health Prevention and Wellness.

12. Chinese Traditional Medicine about Immunology and Endocrinology.

13. Anxiety, Depression and other Issue of Psychiatry and Psychology

14. The Issues After Cancer Treatment. (sickness, vomiting, weakness, neuropathy)

15. Chinese Medicine and Wellness and Healthy Diet.





Nuin Center  (Highland Park):

5655 Bryant St. Room 106

Pittsburgh PA15206



Monday9-7, Wednesday 9-7

, Friday 9-7. Sunday 10-6.







Monroeville Office:

Alternative Medicine

Pain management


4100 Monroeville Blvd.

Monroeville, PA 15146
Tel: 412.372.7900.

Thursday: 9:00-7:00










Bethel Park location:

Allegany Physical Medicine

6040 Library Rd..

Bethel Park PA 15102


Tuesday 12-7,

Saturday 7:30- 12.




McMurry location:

Waterdam Physical Medicine,

4160 Washington Road,

Suite 207

McMurry, PA 15317


Saturday 2-7.

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