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.

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
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Chemo-induced nausea and vomiting, and side effects of cancer treatment
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dental pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache and migraine
  • Infertility
  • Low back pain
  • Musculoskeletal issues
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Women’s health issues

Acupuncture for Fertility

Incorporating acupuncture as an integrative modality is a safe, natural and effective way to support your efforts in growing your family. 

Who Can Acupuncture Support?

Acupuncture can help treat a variety of disorders to improve fertility:

  • Female Infertility (hormonal imbalances, uterine lining problems, recurrent miscarriage, autoimmune, advanced maternal age, diminished ovarian reserve)
  • Menstrual disorders (absence of periods, painful periods, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, PMS)
  • Male Infertility (decreased sperm count, poor motility and morphology)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis

How Can Acupuncture Support Fertility?

In general, acupuncture helps to balance hormones, regulate the menstrual cycle, decrease your body’s stress response, increase blood flow to the uterus, and improve ovarian and follicular functions.

Ways acupuncture can specifically help with in vitro fertilization:

  • Improve the body’s response to IVF medications, while reducing side effects from these medications
  • Improve blood flow to the uterus to support a thick, rich lining
  • Reduce stress and anxiety associated with IVF
  • Improve chances of live birth, while reducing chances of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

When Should Acupuncture for Fertility Happen?

If time allows, weekly acupuncture treatment is recommended for two to three months before embryo transfer. Research shows that receiving at least eight preparatory acupuncture treatments before embryo transfer yields the best results. New research compared IVF alone to IVF with acupuncture on day of embryo transfer to IVF with preparatory acupuncture treatments.


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Acupuncture Services at UH

Individual acupuncture treatments are currently offered at the following locations in the UH system:

25001 Emery Road - Building 25 E, Suite 100

Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

UH Ahuja Medical Center 

Risman Pavilion, 3999 Richmond Road, Suite 120, Beachwood, OH 44122

Hours as needed for UH Fertility Center patients being treated before and after IVF or IUI.

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.

Group Acupuncture

Group acupuncture involves getting a seated treatment in a shared-space setting. Treatments are individualized based on your reasons for coming. Health history form required. Please check our class listing for current group acupunture locations.

Learn More

For more information, or to schedule an acupuncture appointment call 216-285-4070.

You can also download and print out a health history form for individual treatments or health history form for group treatments.  You will need to complete this form for your first acupuncture appointment.