Medical acupuncture uses very fine needles at precise points in the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. Although relatively new to Western culture, acupuncture has been an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 513 246 2636.
How does acupuncture work?
Our bodies are supported by a vital energy system. This energy flows through pathways called meridians. According to traditional Chinese Medicine theory, obstructions in these pathways back up the flow of energy in one part of the body and restrict it in others. This blockage creates imbalance. Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points along the meridians unblock obstructions and restore balance.
Modern science explains that needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals that alter the sensation of pain or encourage the body's own healing powers.
“TriHealth Integrative Health and Medicine has outstanding and extremely gifted acupuncturists. As a cancer patient, the treatments have helped me immensely with the many daily ailments that I suffered while recovering from major surgery and undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. My problems included nausea, pain, anxiety, problems with bowel function, extreme fatigue, and others. Their skills helped me to reduce the need for many of the drugs that are prescribed for these problems and to feel a sense of calm and comfort in my daily life that has been otherwise lacking. They work hard to understand their patients’ problems and to find solutions for complex medical situations such as mine. I highly recommend TriHealth Integrative Health and Medicine acupuncturists and wish you well on your journey with acupuncture as part of your healthcare plan. “ ~RK
What are the health and wellness benefits of acupuncture?
While many people associate acupuncture with pain control, the World Health Organization recognizes its effectiveness in treating a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Irregular, painful menses
- PMS and migraines
- Menopause (hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia)
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Endometriosis and Fibroids
- Urinary Problems
- Hot Flashes
- Allergies and asthma
- Back and neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Gynecological disorders
- Sports injuries
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Endometriosis and Fibroids- all can be treated with acupuncture with special emphasis on treatments being especially effective after removal of tissue to prevent a recurrence.
Genito-Urinary Problems- both frequent and urgent urination respond well to acupuncture as well as interstitial cystitis, frequent UTI’s and yeast infections and vulvodynia.
In addition, clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful for arthritis, dental and facial pain, digestive disorders, fatigue, fibromyalgia, menopausal symptoms, nausea and fatigue associated with chemotherapy, smoking cessation, urinary dysfunction, and childhood conditions such as ADD, anxiety and sports injuries.
Among the advantages of acupuncture are few side effects and early treatment of problems before they escalate into serious health threats.
What to expect – do the needles hurt?
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most people feel only minimal discomfort as the hair-thin, disposable needles are inserted; some feel no discomfort at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no discomfort.
Acupuncturists must have a valid Ohio license, plus certification/training of 300 hours from a U.S. acupuncture school or five years of practice as an acupuncturist.
Diane Kloecker LAc, MSOM, Dipl. OM, has a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Chicago's Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. Working at one of the first acupuncture clinics in the country has yielded her extensive training in cosmetic, body and auricular (ear) acupuncture for multiple health problems. Diane is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and she is a licensed acupuncturist by the State Medical Board of Ohio.