Patient Care

Acupuncture

National University's Whole Health Center in Lombard offers you a comprehensive acupuncture and oriental medicine clinic.  While our chiropractic care has always included basic forms of acupuncture under select conditions, you can now receive care from degreed specialists and their interns (who are earning master's degrees) in these ancient and effective healing arts. 

What is Acupuncture?

The vital energy on which acupuncture principles are based is called qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi circulates in the body along channels called meridians. Acupuncture therapy, a procedure that places thin, sterile needles into specific points along the meridians, helps regulate the body's natural energy flow. This therapy alleviates energy blockages and allows the body to regain a state of balance.

When qi is strong and flowing as it should, physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being flourish. Achieving this balance and harmony within the body is the main goal of the acupuncturist or oriental medical physician.

Is Acupuncture Safe? Does It Hurt?

5 Leading Medical Organizations
That Say Acupuncture Works

World Health Organization
Declares acupuncture effective in over 200 clinical conditions.

National Institutes of Health
Supporting research on acupuncture and other complementary and alternative medicines.

Johns Hopkins & Mayo Clinic Integrative Care Centers
Offering acupuncture as part of their coordinated care, as are many other leading hospitals around the world.

WebMD
Has over 654 listings under the search term "acupuncture," with numerous articles on acupuncture for prevention and treatment of disease.

Harvard Medical School
Offers a 9-month continuing education course in acupuncture for physicians.

Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, drug-free therapy that has been used successfully for over two thousand years. Only sterile, disposable needles are used, and most patients feel slight to no discomfort when they are inserted. Acupuncture may be used along with other types of medical care, and can be helpful for people of all ages.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

The World Health Organization recognizes more than 300 diseases and illnesses that acupuncture and oriental medicine can effectively treat and/or prevent, including:

  • Behavioral Health - Addictions, depression, insomnia, stress
  • Cardiovascular - High blood pressure, stroke
  • Digestive - Colitis, ulcers
  • Men's Health - Impotence, infertility
  • Pain - Arthritis, back pain, headache
  • Respiratory - Allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu, sinus infection
  • Skin - Acne, eczema
  • Women's Health - Infertility, menopause, PMS

Getting Started

If you've never experienced the benefits of acupuncture before, schedule an appointment today with our acupuncture and oriental medicine clinicians at our Whole Health Center in Lombard. If you are visiting one of our other Centers, you can explore acupuncture treatment options with a chiropractic physician or intern certified to administer acupuncture therapy. If you are a current patient interested in trying acupuncture therapy for wellness or to address specific health concerns, you can ask your current National University clinician about integrating acupuncture into your treatment plan.

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