University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network Offers Acupuncture to Treat Pain and More
UH Connor Integrative Health Network, a system-wide initiative at University Hospitals, offers acupuncture treatments for patients suffering from pain caused by a variety of medical conditions.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It 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 – in a way that is similar to how blood flows through the veins and arteries.
The meridians are all connected to specific organs or bodily functions, and when they are blocked or thrown off balance, symptoms or illness may result.
Acupuncturists stimulate certain points by inserting hair-thin, metallic needles to remove energy blocks and restore balance and flow in the body, which restores health.
Listen to podcast: The Evidence for Acupuncture with Christine Kaiser, DACM, LAc, FABORM Clinical Manager, Acupuncture and Quality
Quick Facts About Acupuncture
- According to a 2011 survey by the American Hospital Association, 42 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, according to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey
- Acupuncture became better known in the U.S. in 1971 when famed New York Times reporter James “Scotty” Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after an appendectomy
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:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Chemo-induced nausea and vomiting, and side effects of cancer treatment
- Chronic fatigue
- Dental pain
- Digestive disorders
- Headache and migraine
- Low back pain
- Musculoskeletal issues
- Respiratory conditions
- Smoking cessation
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Women’s health issues
Acupuncture for Fertility
Women and men who are struggling with infertility may find help through the use of acupuncture, which can help balance hormones, decrease stress, improve blood flow to the uterus, improve the body’s response to in-vitro fertilization, and more.
Learn more about Connor Integrative Health Network’s approach to acupuncture for fertility.
For more information, or to schedule an acupuncture appointment call 216-285-4070.