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Acupuncture Services

​Why choose acupuncture services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Live well and flourish with acupuncture services at The Ohio State University Integrative Medicine Clinic. You can know you are receiving the best possible care with a registered acupuncturist examining and treating you at our clinic. We have created a unique setting with acupuncturists working alongside medical doctors and other health professionals in a multi-practice setting. This environment gives you effective, personalized and holistic care.

At Ohio State’s Integrative Medicine Clinic, you have:

  • Convenient and comprehensive care in one location
  • Access to other health services in the same location, including chiropractic, massage, general medicine and more
  • The highest quality of acupuncture care provided by individuals trained in both traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine
  • Access to seminars and classes related to yoga, tai chi, stress-reduction and more
  • Free and convenient parking

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old Chinese stimulation technique used to relieve a variety of medical conditions. It most commonly includes the penetration of thin needles into precisely defined points on the skin, but non-needle therapies can also be incorporated into treatment. Non-needle techniques include rubbing or massaging, pressing on a point (acupressure), heating (moxa) or creating suction (cupping) over an area of the skin. Some acupuncturists also use lasers to stimulate acupuncture points, often including points on the ear.

Benefits of Acupuncture

According to the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, acupuncture helps to relieve pain and nausea among other common symptoms including:

  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Joint pain (such as osteoarthritis pain in the knee or hip)
  • Neck aches
  • Menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms and other women’s health issues

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does acupuncture hurt?
    Acupuncture treatment is surprisingly comfortable. In fact, many patients fall asleep during treatment. First-time patients are usually surprised by how much they enjoy the experience. Acupuncture needles are about as thin as a human hair and, unlike hollow needles used to give injections or draw blood, they are solid, increasing the comfort of insertion. School children and even toddlers can easily tolerate acupuncture.

  2. What are the side effects of acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by an experienced and licensed acupuncturist who uses disposable needles. Side effects may include mild sleepiness, minor bleeding or bruising or a dull or full feeling where the needle is inserted. More serious side effects, such as infection, broken needles or lung puncture, are extremely rare (less than one in 10,000 treatments).

  3. Are acupuncturists licensed?
    In Ohio, acupuncture is a form of health care that is regulated by the State Medical Board. Non-physician acupuncturists are registered to practice (R.Ac).

​Will insurance cover acupuncture services?

Your health plan may cover acupuncture. Prior to your visit, contact your provider to learn if the benefit is covered for you, whether a referral from your physician is required, the portion of the payment in which you are responsible and what co-pay is required at the time of the appointment.

Our Practitioners

See the Clinicians​ page for a list of our acupuncturists and call 614-293-9777 to schedule an appointment.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​