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Acupuncture - An Alternative Treatment for Pain

Acupuncture Services at Memorial Hospital

Memorial's Integrated Services

1519 E. Boulder St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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The practice of acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. It is now recognized throughout the world as an effective form of treatment for various conditions. Very thin sterile needles are inserted gently into the skin at specific locations. The procedure usually involves no pain at all.


The goal of acupuncture is to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and balance the vital energy that flows along pathways known as meridians. According to traditional Chinese medicine, disease and pain occur when the body's passive energy (yin) and active energy (yang) are out of balance and energy is not flowing freely.


While clinical studies have not been able to explain in Western terms how acupuncture relieves symptoms, they have documented this therapy's positive effects. Acupuncture is used successfully to reduce pain, nausea, headaches and depression. Acupuncture has been proven effective in relieving postoperative pain, nausea during pregnancy, nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, and dental pain. This technique also appears to help in smoking cessation.


Acupuncture is internationally recognized as an effective treatment with little or no side effects by the World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health.


The acupuncturist at Memorial Hospital is a professional licensed by the state of Colorado. The state licensing process is a rigorous procedure that requires applicants for licensure to have earned a master's degree in Oriental medicine.


» More about: The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 

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Who qualifies for acupuncture?

Most of our patients are referred for treatment by their doctors. If your doctor believes that you would benefit from acupuncture, he or she will write a prescription. During your first appointment, you will complete paperwork and discuss your medical condition with our acupuncturist. This appointment usually lasts 40-55 minutes.


A typical patient visits the clinic twice a week for a total of eight visits. If the acupuncture sessions are successful, the patient will only need to return every 90 days for an evaluation.


Check with your insurance carrier for information on coverage of acupuncture treatments.


Acupuncture is part of the integrated therapies department at Memorial Hospital.

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Related Links:

» More about:

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health

World Health Organization

American Cancer Society