A Proven Path To Recovery is
Our Priority

Welcome to Gainesville Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine, an innovative clinic for evidence based Holistic Medicine, Acupuncture, Cupping Therapy, Trigger Point Dry Needling, and Red Light Therapy in Gainesville, Florida. In addition to their 4 year Master and 4 year Bachelor degrees, our practitioners also have 15 years of combined clinical experience helping patients regain their quality of life, and are proud to offer our patients individualized care for optimal health and wellness. As always, Acupuncture needles are sterile one time use only and treatment surfaces are cleaned in between patients.

Open Hours

Monday to Friday

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


10:30 AM - 3:30 PM



Acupuncture is a system of medicine that has stood the test of time for over 2,500 years, and has successfully passed the scrutiny of modern scientific research.

Acupuncture enhances and regulates your body’s own restorative abilities by accessing your neuro-muscular and fascial systems. It has been shown to improve circulation, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and relax the nervous system.

In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a review of clinical trials of acupuncture, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials

As a result of this publication, the WHO recognizes 28 diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture has been proven to be an effective form of treatment.

How we can help

We can work together with your primary care, orthopedic surgeon, pain specialist, neurologist, or physical therapist to provide you with a more comprehensive approach. Our practitioners have gone through extensive training in multiple therapeutic methods to better serve your needs.

Musculoskeletal Pain


Neck / Shoulder Pain

TMJ / Jaw Pain

Plantar Fascitis

Back / Hip Pain

Digestive Disorders

B12 Deficiency



Sports Performance

Menopausal Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel

Arthritis / Joint Pain

Why Choose Our Holistic Healthcare Services?

Gainesville Acupuncture offers a variety of holistic and evidence based treatment methods.

We provide a patient centered approach to better serve your needs.

We take some insurance plans that cover Acupuncture.

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Integrative Approach

We choose from a variety of holistic health solutions to best suit your needs and help you regain your quality of life.

We provide customized herbal medicine formulations to address your particular symptoms and concerns.

Commonly used by athletes to help with blood flow, pain, and range of motion .

A form of Acupuncture that focuses specifically on addressing chronic or acute musculoskeletal and arthritic conditions.

Battlefield Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture used to treat pain and reduce intake of opioids. This therapy has also been adopted by the U.S. military.

Innovative technology shown to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, rehabilitate muscles, and regulate the nervous system.

Kinesio Tape

Adjunctive technique primarily used to reduce joint swelling or pain while simultaneously improving joint stability.

B12 injection by itself or combined with other vitamins helps improve metabolism, energy, and immunity.

Arlene YowArlene Yow
12:45 12 Feb 24
Gainesville Acupuncture & Dr Alvaro is my answer to help manage my osteoarthritis pain! Acupuncture helps relieve my pain especially in my lower back, my rt hip and knee pain. I go once a month. Thank Dr Alvaro!
Robert WardRobert Ward
16:42 25 Jan 24
This is a wonderful place to get things fixed that modern medicine can't fix.
15:13 22 Jan 24
Wow!! Dr Alvaro and Gainesville Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine has changed my life. I have always been skeptical of Acupuncture because of previous experiences and failed attempts but when I had a life altering herniated disc in my neck I was desperate to try anything. Upon recommendation I went to see Dr Alvaro as a last attempt before surgery and WOW am I glad I did!! He used multiple techniques and was able to provide immediate relief and over a few treatments I am back to full function and competition! With my new found trust and belief in Dr Alvaro’s practice we have been able to also relieve skin conditions and sleep disorders. UNREAL!! I would highly recommend giving Gainesville Acupuncture & Holistic Healing a try for any unresolved issues you are facing.
Dean MeltonDean Melton
21:38 29 Sep 23
Professional, knowledgeable, articulate and I would recommend them for your needs.
Nancy GibbsNancy Gibbs
19:45 10 May 23
Dr. Toledo is the absolute best! He helped me resolve my hip and knee pain, which allowed me to continue being able to run as my main form of exercise. His calm and patient demeanor, in combination with his expertise in acupuncture/electroacupuncture and holistic medicine, make each treatment extremely worthwhile.
Sierra OrmeSierra Orme
17:05 04 Jan 23
I've been living with nerve pain from bad discs in my neck for over 10 years. The last few years have been daily, exhausting pain. Gainesville acupuncture has help me tremendously! I no longer have daily pain and when there is pain, it's much more tolerable and doesn't last long. I've only been going a short time. I look forward to all my upcoming visits and the continued improvement. This has also saved me money - traditional methods were no longer working and were becoming too expensive for little to no long term resolution. I'm so happy I decided to try acupuncture!
Mary MorganMary Morgan
14:45 04 May 22
I highly recommend Alvaro Toledo for your acupuncture needs! He truly listens and takes the time to understand what your treatment goals are and adjusts accordingly. The treatments that I've done with him have helped my wrist and shoulder pain. If you're interested in trying acupuncture and other holistic treatments don't hesitate to make an appointment with him today!

Our Specialized Licensed Acupuncturists

Passionately devoted to many different modalities of healthcare which effectively address a variety of conditions with a holistic approach.

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How we can help

These are some of the conditions we help our patients with:
  • Chronic Pain
  • Acute & Sports Injuries
  • Digestive Issues
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Menopausal Syndrome
  • Side Effects of Chemotherapy
  • Infertility

Hannah Caruso, A.P.

  • Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
  • Four Years Masters degree: Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
  • Masters of Arts in English
  • Certification in Trigger Point Injection Therapy (Biopuncture)
  • Certificate in Exstore Assessment for Musculoskeletal Pain and Dysfunction
  • Certificate of Segmental Acupuncture Neural Therapy
  • White Pine Healing Institute Post Graduate Mentorship in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • NCCAOM National Board Exam: Acupuncture
  • NCCAOM National Board Exam: Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Fluent in Spanish

Alvaro Toledo, A.P.

  • Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
  • Four Years Masters degree: Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
  • Bachelor’s degree in Physiology & Health Sciences
  • Certification in Trigger Point Injection Therapy (Biopuncture)
  • Dry Needling certification through Myopain
  • Certification in Vitamin B12 Injection Therapy
  • SFMA 1 (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) Practitioner
  • NCCAOM National Board Exam: Acupuncture
  • NCCAOM National Board Exam: Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Certification in Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture

Frequently Asked Questions

Alvaro Toledo, AP accepts some insurance plans that carry Acupuncture benefits. Please text or call 352-672-1181 before scheduling online to have your insurance benefits (deductible, copay, number of treatments, and type of conditions covered) verified first. You may also email your insurance info and date of birth to physician@gnvacu.com

These are some of the plans that often have Acupuncture benefits:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (In Network):
Mainly Federal or State Employee Plans
City of Gainesville Employee Plan (CYGH prefix)

Humana (In Network):
Florida Medicaid

VA Community Care: As a credentialed community clinic provider through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we proudly serve our nation’s veterans. Discover if you qualify for 100% VA-covered care with us. Call us now to learn how to become our patient via the VA. We thank you for your service and are excited to provide you with exceptional care.

We are not able to accept regular Medicare as they haven’t started giving out Medicare Provider Numbers to Acupuncturists.

Hannah Caruso, AP is currently only taking patients paying out of pocket.

Yes, the treatments we provide are considered medical health care services. Therefore, you can use your Health Savings Account to pay for your visits.

In short, it enhances and regulates your body’s own restorative abilities by accessing your neuro-muscular and fascial system. Acupuncture has been shown to improve circulation, reduce swelling, and relax the nervous system. Furthermore, it decreases pain by stimulating the release of beta-endorphins. For a more in depth view on  how Acupuncture works, please see this infographic.

Chinese herbal formulas are specially formulated combinations of traditional herbs that are intended to compliment acupuncture treatments for most conditions. The herbs are sourced from state of the art GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) certified facilities that follow strict quality control and make sure products are free of pesticides, heavy metals, and bacteria.

During your visit, a thorough intake is performed consisting of assessment of chief complaints, review of health history, and pulse diagnosis.  This will be followed by the development and implementation of a customized treatment plan.

Usually it takes about 60 mins for new patients, and 50 mins for returning patients. There are shorter treatment options if only desiring to receive cupping therapy or B12 therapy.

In general, patients should start to feel the benefits from Acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. Total number of visits are determined based on the condition (duration, severity, etc) as well as the patient’s overall health.

Frequency and duration of treatment greatly depends on the condition to be treated. For something like a recent bout of sciatica, usually two to four treatments are enough. Chronic conditions however, often require more visits.

Acupuncture needles are rarely described as painful, and can be quickly adjusted if the patient experiences discomfort. We want your experience to be a positive one both in terms of results as well as the overall feel of the treatment.

Both Hannah Caruso and Alvaro Toledo have a 4 years Masters in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in addition to their 4 years Bachelors. They also passed all 4 Board National Exams, and are licensed to practice in Florida. They continuously keep on learning more to better serve their patients.

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Our Health Care Pricing Plan Specials

Affordable rates with customized plans to best address your needs

Complimentary Consultation

15 min

New Patient Visit

55 min
$110 - $120

Returning Patient Visit

50 mins
$90 - $100

Complete Wellness For You

Better Health & Quality of Life

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 Our Licensed Acupuncturists specialize in helping with conditions such as: pain (low back, knee, neck, shoulder, sciatica), fibromyalgia, digestive issues, reproductive concerns, stress, insomnia, migraines, and TMJ. Serving Gainesville, Alachua, Tioga, Haile Plantation, and Newberry.

Open Hours

Monday - Friday

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


10:30 AM - 3:30 PM



Gainesville Acupuncture offers holistic healthcare based on safe and proven treatment methods. Our Licensed Acupuncturists specialize in helping with conditions such as: pain (low back, knee, neck, shoulder, sciatica), fibromyalgia, digestive issues, menstrual imbalances, stress, insomnia, migraines, B12 deficiency, and TMJ. Serving Gainesville, Alachua, Tioga, Haile Plantation, and Newberry.