Connor Integrative Medicine Network Offers Acupuncture to Treat Pain
The Connor Integrative Medicine Network, a system-wide initiative headquartered at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, offers acupuncture treatments for patients suffering from pain caused by a variety of medical conditions.
What is Acupuncture?
As one of the eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has been practiced for over 3,000 years, acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used treatments in the world.
According to TCM, natural energy, or “qi” (pronounced “chi”) travels along 14 pathways or meridians throughout the body, similarly to how blood flows through veins and arteries. The meridians are connected to specific organs or bodily functions, and when blocked or thrown off balance, symptoms or illness may result.
To help restore health, acupuncturists stimulate certain points by inserting hair-thin, metallic needles to remove energy blocks and restore balance and flow in the body.
Benefits of Acupuncture
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain and over 40 other conditions including:
Quick Facts About Acupuncture
- According to a 2006 survey by the American Hospital Association, 39 percent of U.S. hospitals offer acupuncture services
- An estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults and 150,000 children used acupuncture in the previous year based on a 2007 National Health Interview Survey
- Acupuncture became better known in the U.S. in 1971 when a New York Times reporter wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery
Acupuncture Services at UH
Acupuncture treatments are currently offered at multiple locations throughout the UH system. Note the table below for locations and clinic hours:
|UH Ahuja Medical Center
|Monday thru Thursday
|9:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
|Highlands Business Center
4480 Richmond Road
Warrensville Hts., OH 44128
|Monday thru Thursday
|9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
|UH Strongsville Health Center
|8:00am - 5:00pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm
8:00am - 1:00pm
Individuals seeking treatment must complete a health history form prior to the first visit. At the initial consultation, the acupuncturist will review the health history form, provide a treatment, and develop a customized treatment plan based on the individual’s current condition and future wellness goals.
Treatment plans generally range from four to twelve treatments, ideally scheduled on successive weeks to insure maximum benefit.
For more information, or to schedule an acupuncture appointment and receive a health history form, call 216-285-4070