Acupuncture can be a great way to address a variety of health concerns. Here are a few things to know if you’re curious about trying acupuncture for yourself. 

1. What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that dates back more than 4,000 years. Acupuncture works by using fine, hair-like needles to target acupressure points along the body (don’t worry, it sounds scarier than it is). These needles help to stimulate your body’s own healing mechanisms to improve your health and well-being. 

The traditional philosophy behind acupuncture is that it can help the flow of Qi, or life force energy. It is believed that Qi flows through 14 main pathways, also known as meridians, along the body. Lifestyle choices, like diet, exercise, injury, stress and other factors are believed to disrupt the flow of Qi, causing imbalances that can result in a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. Using acupuncture specific points of the body is thought to help restore the flow of Qi and improve well-being. 

2. What can it treat? 

Research from the National Institute of Health has shown that acupuncture can be helpful in treating a variety of ailments, including: 

  • Allergies 
  • Back or neck pain 
  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Digestive disorders 
  • Fatigue 
  • Neurological disorders 
  • PMS symptoms 
  • Respiratory illnesses 
  • Stress and more 

3. What's the difference between acupuncture and acupressure? 

Like acupuncture, acupressure is believed to increase the flow of Qi and rebalance the body’s natural systems of wellness. However, acupressure can be done without the use of needles. Instead, pressure is applied along the meridian lines of the body. This can be a great option for those who may be concerned about needles or would prefer a non-invasive form of traditional medicine.

4. What can you expect from acupuncture services on campus? 

Medical Services provides acupuncture and acupressure services for students, staff and faculty on campus. Here are few things you can expect during your appointment. 

Individual acupuncture 
Individual acupuncture appointments are a great way to get personalized care and address specific health needs. During these sessions, an acupuncturist will review your medical history and discuss your specific concerns in order to create a personalized treatment plan. Acupuncture is placed at various points and treatments typically last 60 minutes. You can also opt to have ear seeds placed instead of needles. For the most effective treatment, we recommend making a weekly or biweekly appointment. 

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Group acupuncture 
Group acupuncture sessions are available at a discounted rate. During these sessions, participants will receive auricular acupuncture that involves using needles or ‘seeds’ around your ear. This kind of treatment can help reduce stress, anxiety, burnout and symptoms of addiction. Group sessions typically last 30 to 40 minutes.

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Acupuncture and mindfulness workshops 
Medical Services offers a blended workshop that focuses on effective mindfulness and meditation practices followed by a group acupressure or acupuncture session. These workshops are intended to help teams and small groups improve their emotional and physical well-being. Workshop dates are available throughout the year. Sessions are customized to individual groups, and treatment length may vary depending on needs. 

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