University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network Offers Acupuncture to Treat Pain
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.
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
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
Acupuncture Services at UH
Acupuncture treatments are currently offered at multiple locations throughout the UH system. See the table below for locations and clinic hours:
25001 Emery Road - Building 25 E, Suite 100
Warrensville Hts., OH 44128
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Strongsville Medical Center
18181 Pearl Road, Suite B204
Strongsville, OH 44136
Monday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhale Spa at UH Avon Health Center
1997 Healthway Drive
Avon, OH 44011
Monday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
People seeking treatment must complete a health history form before their first visit. At the initial consultation, the acupuncturist will review the patient’s health history, provide an acupuncture treatment, and develop a customized treatment plan based on the person’s current condition and future wellness goals. Treatment plans generally consist of four to 12 treatments, which ideally are scheduled on successive weeks for maximum benefit.
For more information, or to schedule an acupuncture appointment call 216-285-4070. For Exhale Spa at UH Avon Health Center, please call 440-988-6811. You can also download and print out a health history form. You will need to complete this form for your first acupuncture appointment.