Medical acupuncture is an energetic form of integrative medicine aligned with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It has been used for thousands of years to prevent and treat health problems and provide pain relief. The National Cancer Institute endorses acupuncture as an effective treatment for pain and anxiety as well as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Integrative medicine specialists at Riley at IU Health use acupuncture to help children who are facing life-limiting illnesses deal with acute and chronic symptoms. Acupuncture can help reduce stress, stimulate the appetite and improve constipation, fatigue and general well-being.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, and most patients feel little to no discomfort during treatment. During a typical treatment session, specialists use between five and 20 needles. Acupuncture is safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles.
During an acupuncture treatment session, thin needles are placed at specific points along the skin to improve energy flow throughout your child’s body. Acupuncture is a clean and safe technique that is performed with single-use needles.
You can expect the following during an acupuncture treatment session:
Following acupuncture, your child can return to daily activities immediately. No recovery period is needed.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.