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Morristown, NJ, 07960


Holistic Acupuncture for mind-body-heart healing since 1986! The Acupuncture Center of New Jersey in Morristown. Come in for a visit today!

Helen Hongwen Chen

Helen Hongwen Chen

L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M.

helen chen - acupuncture doctor


  • Acupuncture + Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Sports Injuries + Chronic Pain
  • Digestive Health
  • Immune System Weakness
  • Metabolism + Weight Issues
  • Anxiety, Stress, Depression + Mood Disorders


Helen Hongwen Chen joined ACNJ in 1998 and her skillful, warm and caring presence has been a vital part of our center. Helen has successfully guided thousands of patients toward wellness through acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional counseling and other holistic therapies. She has acquired many skills and a wealth of experience while treating a wide variety of painful conditions, digestive disorders, immune system weakness, and female reproductive concerns.

Born and raised in China, Helen was steeped in Chinese healing culture and witnessed her own relatives practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine in hospitals. She earned a B.A. from Fudan University in Shanghai and came to the U.S. in 1988.  She earned a M.S. from Pacific College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York where she graduated at the head of her class. Helen was on faculty of PCOM for several years, teaching acupuncture and Chinese herbology courses. She continued her training with the renowned Dr. Huang Xianming in Queens, NY and completed an internship at Elmhurst Hospital Physical Therapy Department.  Helen has returned to her hometown of Hangzhou, China for lengthy visits where she has worked at Red Cross Hospital acupuncture department under the supervision of Dr. Hu Maifeng.

As a caring and committed acupuncturist, Helen’s philosophy of healing focuses on using holistic, natural methods to stimulate and support physical and emotional well-being. Over the years many of our patients have closely bonded with Helen and they look to her with complete confidence as their wellness partner.  As a balance to her devotion to the healing profession, she takes great joy in raising her family, playing the piano, traveling and gardening.


Helen Chen and the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey were highly recommended to me by both my chiropractor and pain management specialist. After years of crippling back and leg pain, a discectomy and partial laminectomy, several series of epidurals both before and after surgery, courses upon courses of steroids, high doses of nerve medications, and endless chiropractic care and physical therapy, I was at wit’s end. The pain was beyond intolerable and anxiety really began to take hold: would I be able to work, have any semblance of a real life? Questions I don’t believe anyone should ever have to ask themselves, let alone someone in her early 30s and otherwise healthy. I was terrified, in agony, not sleeping, sick to my stomach. Until the day I had an amazing conversation with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile who, at 45, had had a stroke that left him barely able to walk and with his face partially paralyzed. He told me that within just months of starting acupuncture he had jogged a 10K. And to look at him that day I couldn’t see a thing off about his face. I decided then and there to call Helen.

Next to my surgery, it was the single greatest decision I have ever made for myself. Acupuncture has truly given me my life back. Yes I have flare-ups, but I am living again, and more than I had dreamed possible. I don’t hurt! The future has opened up and fear has receded along with the pain. I can’t remember the last time I felt this well physically, or indeed emotionally. I have not called my chiropractor nor sought pain management since my first appointment. Helen is quite literally magic. She’s also extremely patient and deeply kind. She cares. She has listened to me, gotten excited with me, and calmed me down when I needed to be soothed. She has taught me, inspiring, guiding, and encouraging my enthusiastic amateur study of traditional Chinese medicine. There aren’t a lot of people like her. She’s very special. And everyone in her office is absolutely lovely and caring too!

The Acupuncture Center of New Jersey is a special place: wonderful people, doing amazing and truly life-restoring work, in a very comfortable setting. Its an old house with all the charms of such. I loved it the moment I set foot inside - it felt safe and warm - plants, light, soothing colors, an embracement of nature and wallpapers that reminded me of my great-aunt’s house in the best way. I thought it was wonderful but this spring it has gotten a tremendous, large-scale makeover and I must say, it is gorgeous! Very modern touches, summer ocean colors, textures drawn from nature, new bathrooms, floors, and furniture. It’s like a spa only better! I don’t know how they’ve all managed to work through so much construction, but it is well worth all they must have had to deal with: the place looks - and more importantly, still feels - amazing.
— Jennifer R., Morristown, NJ
My Bell’s Palsy was effectively reversed!

This testimonial is written to inform and provide gratitude and direction to those who have been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. When I had the onset of Bell’s Palsy, I was seeking information from anyone I could. I was directed to ACNJ from someone who battled Belles, and specifically touted Ms. Helen Chen. The recommendation was timed with their respective recovery and that ‘earlier the better’ for treatment was the statements. I called ACNJ and Helen was extremely empathetic, and displayed a well balanced knowledge of Bell’s Palsy and treatment plans. I set up an appointment and started treatments. Within a very short time, coinciding with treatments, my BP started to reverse significantly. I can attest to the fact that Helen Chen and staff are extremely professional, knowledgeable, congenial and available to answer questions and provide direction for their patients.I respectfully recommend Helen Chen as someone who offers a level of healing that is second to none.
— Steve A., Chester N.J.
I have been coming to the Acupuncture Center of NJ off and on for the last 10 years as part of my healthcare protocol as have all of my family members. This time I returned for help with my Thyroid condition. I found Helen Chen to be extremely knowledgable and helpful with my problem and she quickly started reducing my symptoms through acupuncture and chinese herbs and her kind and open presence. I have been very satisfied with my progress, my energy has returned, symptoms reduced and my relationship with myself has improved. I am a Myofascial Therapist myself and very choosy about the health care professionals that I use for myself and Helen has really impressed me on all levels. She is a kind , caring, knowledgable acupuncturist and I continue to see her for assistance off and on throughout the year as part of caring for my health. She has taught me at a deeper level that healing is a process not an event. I appreciate the support that she and the Center have given me and my family throughout the years.
— Sarah Borda, LMT, NCTMB, Myofascial Therapist from Chester, NJ

After seeking all kinds of treatments (chiropractic, physical therapy, an injection in the nerve, anti-inflammatory and pain medications) to relieve pain in my back, hip and leg from the sciatic nerve and yet still in pain, I asked my orthopedic doctor about Acupuncture. He said, “go for it” and even wrote a prescription. Acupuncture was the answer and gave me the relief I had been seeking. I was greeted at this Center by kind and caring staff. Helen Chen treated me with kindness and compassion, always being sure I was comfortable. The treatments were always relaxing and enjoyable. (Yes, hard to believe but true, even with needles stuck in me!) I recently returned for treatments for pain from a pinched nerve in my neck. After only the first three treatments Helen so expertly gave me, I already experienced relief and more range of motion in my arms and neck. Acupuncture at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey is now my first choice for relief from pain!
— E. B., Chester, NJ
Like many people, I hold my stress in my neck, shoulders and lower back. I also work at a computer much of the day, hunching my shoulders. All these issues combine to make it feel at times as if my neck is going to crack off or that I may never be able to live without the chronic repercussions of having a permanent knot under my right shoulder blade. I was not prepared and am still not prepared to consider surgery or on-going medication to treat these conditions. I regularly exercise and receive massages but it was not until I found Helen Chen at ACNJ that I realized that a long term solution might exist for my chronic issues. I began going 3 times in week in August of 2006, followed by about 6 months on a less frequent schedule until I began feeling so good and symptom free that I made the mistake of not going at all for more than a year. My husband and I were headed for some long flights this past January and a vacation involving cold (2 triggers for shoulder hunching) so I began going back to ACNJ. I try to maintain a schedule of 1 session per week and while I wish I could do more, I find I am feeling better week by week. Acupuncture may not be a cure for me but it is an effective and low risk/high reward way to effectively manage chronic symptoms that do affect my quality of life. Plus, I find Helen’s touch, both for acupuncture and acupressure to be perfect for me.
— M.Stone, Morristown, NJ

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