Joseph Ashley Wiper, M.A., M.Sc., L. Ac., R. Ac.

Joseph Ashley Wiper, M.A., M.Sc., L. Ac., R. Ac.
Acupuncture Center of Delaware 204 Milltown Road Wilmington, DE 19808

Joseph Ashley Wiper, M.A., M.Sc., L. Ac., R. Ac.

I have been in practice since 1981 and in Delaware since 1984. Currently, I am accepting a limited number of new clients by referral from other licensed healthcare providers or from current clients. Sorry; but I cannot accept any form of insurance or any cases where reimbursement will depend on the outcome of a legal proceeding. You will find details in the 'office policies' document available on my website.

Acupuncture is not a 'modality'; not something that can or should be 'tacked onto' other procedures or 'modalities'--not if you expect the best outcomes. Proper utilization and, of course, the best outcomes, require a deep understanding of theory, extensive experience, attention to detail, and a reluctance to provide unthinking, repetitive, formulaic treatments. This can only come with decades of dedicated and uncompromising practice and study. In many states acupuncturists had to agree to permit other licensed providers to practice acupuncture with very few, if any, hours of additional training; if they wanted their licensing acts to survive the legislative process. This is unfortunate. Fortunately communities can, in many cases, sort out the issues that neither legislators, nor the legislative process have been able to do.

One last thing: I believe that the very best way to learn acupuncture is by apprenticeship; which is structured as a combination of didactics (lectures and 'book learning') and practice. Although I perform all treatments in my clinic myself I have hosted a number of 'apprentices' over the years. In many cases these are already licensed practitioners from Delaware or adjacent states. They will be with me on certain days. In all cases they understand the importance of respecting HIPAA and other aspects of privacy and confidentiality. I also run a lecture series once every month or two. Invited participants, that have a professional interest in enhancing their understanding of acupuncture and other aspects of what is now called 'Eastern Medicine' have been attending these regularly. For that reason I have also formed the Mid-Atlantic Acupuncture Institute. The four hour Saturday seminars cover theory, practice, the history of Chinese Medicine, language, Chinese History, historiography, and any other topics that emerge from the participants. They are about half didactic and half practical, although proportions may vary from seminar to seminar. We have also have had a Skype lecture from a prominent scholar-translator and are planning others.

Primary Specialty


Gender Male
Services -Focused and individualized acupuncture care.
-Moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, and other services where they will contribute to better outcomes.
-Herbal formulas may be recommended if they will improve outcomes and not create more problems than they solve.
Additional Services General Practice
Consumer Feedback
(17 Reviews)
5 star average for Service
5 star average for Environment
5 star average for Expertise
5 star average for Staff
5 star average for Recommended
5 star average for Value
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Recent Reviews
I have been a client off & on for years. His needling rarely hurts, it's like a mosquito biting for an instant. Good results, although sometimes, when I have been neglecting my health for a long time, it can take a few treatments before the cumulative effect brings results.
He is very knowledgeable about Chinese Medicine and uses many techniques. He also understands the science of medical conditions. Honest/ blunt. No sales pitch. No insurance coverage. Individualized attention and treatments - different points are selected each appointment, based on my current symptoms and pulse diagnosis.
by Client since 1990s
June 23, 2017
I was seen by Dr. Wiper back in 1998. Shortly thereafter I relocated to St. Louis but honestly, he was the only one that ever helped me. I have fibromyalgia and constant pain issues. I've been through PT, traction, chiropractics and acupuncture was the only solution. I went through 2 acupuncturists in DE and one of them, a woman put me through a lot of pain; you don't have to manipulate the nerve for acupuncture to work and you should not feel pain. Dr. Wiper told me that you may not know it's working until you stop doing it because of gradual changes. He was right and I wish he was here in St. Louis.
by anonymous
August 28, 2013
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Does this provider take that extra step to make you feel special?
Did the staff make you feel uncomfortable when you called with questions or concerns?
Not at all! They were happy to address every concern I had
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Were the restrooms well-stocked at this acupuncture clinic?
Yes, they had everything you could possibly need!
Did you notice a foul odor when you arrived at this acupuncture clinic?
Not at all, it smelled fantastic!
by Anonymous
October 24, 2014
Did you have to wait long after you arrived for your appointment?
No, they were ready for me right after I arrived
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Did the needles leave cuts or scars on your skin?
Not at all. They worked hard to be very careful and precise
by Anonymous
May 01, 2014
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