As part of our comprehensive Integrative Medicine & Health program, UK HealthCare offers acupuncture at our outpatient clinic. It’s just one of the many alternative therapies provided to help patients overcome illness and injury while nurturing the mind-body connection and fostering a sense of peace, comfort and relaxation.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely used medical practices in the world. It involves the use of very fine needles or filaments – about the width of a human hair – inserted into the skin at key points and in specific combinations. This has been shown to improve the physiological functioning of the body through several bio-chemical and nervous system responses.
Acupuncture initiates and facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In addition to treating a wide variety of health conditions, some of the other benefits of acupuncture include reduced muscle tension, improved immune response, mood stabilization and better sleep. Acupuncture improves overall health and well-being, so you can experience benefits beyond just the specific site or problem being treated.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of chronic and acute health problems. Some of the conditions managed effectively with acupuncture include migraine headaches, digestive disorders, joint or muscle pain, arthritis, neuropathy of the hands and feet, menopausal symptoms and emotional disorders like depression.
Prior to beginning your first acupuncture session, you will meet with the acupuncturist to discuss your health concerns and determine the appropriate care plan. When the session begins, you will lie face up, fully clothed. The acupuncturist will place between five and 20 needles into key points on the body. Although the needles are not painful, you may experience a slight aching sensation or heaviness, which results from the stimulation of the nervous system. Some experience immediate symptom relief; however, the number of sessions required will vary based on the condition being treated.
UK HealthCare patients, family members and staff can take advantage of the services we provide. Acupuncture is a viable treatment option for anyone interested; there are no physical limitations that inhibit your ability to participate. However, patients taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, should notify our acupuncturist prior to treatment. Should you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your physician and consult our acupuncturist for more information.
At UK HealthCare, our Integrative Medicine staff is highly skilled and specially trained to care for those with illness or injury. They can adapt their techniques and suggest complementary therapies to best meet your health needs. In addition, our offices are located on site at UK Markey Cancer Center, so patients, family members and staff have easy access to our services.
UK HealthCare Integrative Medicine currently has two acupuncturists on staff. Evan Brown, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac., attended the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, one of the few classical schools of Chinese Medicine in the United States. He is licensed and board certified in Kentucky and by the National Certifica-tion Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as a Diplomate of Acupuncture. In addition to a four-year graduate degree in classical Chinese medicine, Brown also has degrees in biology and forensic science from UK and Eastern Kentucky University, respectively.
Evan specializes in the BaGua /I-Ching style of acupuncture, which is an older, high-ly effective form of classical acupuncture that uses acupuncture points away from the area of pain or concern.
Connie Jennings, MD, is the medical director for Integrative Medicine & Health. In additional to her internal medicine practice, Jennings has been practicing acupunc-ture since 2005. She was trained in traditional Chinese medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
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