Traditional Chinese Oriental Medicine is one important modality used to promote healing, improve functioning and prevent health problems.

Acupuncture can help ease many health problems including:

chronic pain
Auto Immune disorders
back and neck pain
asthma, allergies and sinus issues
anxiety and depression

The bare facts:
Very thin needles are inserted at precise acupuncture points on the surface of the body. These acupuncture points are located along channels of energy called meridians which run in patterns throughout the body. Meridians can be likened to rivers of energy that irrigate and nourish the tissues of the body. From a TCOM view, illnesses manifest as obstructions of energy along these rivers causing a back up in the flow. This back up creates a dam at certain points and restricts flow at other points, both of which manifest as uncomfortable physical, mental and/or emotional symptoms. When the acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points, the obstructions in the meridians are unblocked, the dams are released and flow is reestablished. Acupuncture treatments are thus highly effective for stimulating the body’s natural ability regain and maintain balance. Problematic symptoms automatically subside as flow and balance is restored.

Acupuncture comes to UT Medical Center

“The Chinese technique of acupuncture is on one the oldest most commonly used medical procedure in the world. The philosophy of the energy medicine holds that the basis of good health is the harmonious balance of chi (pronounced “chee”), which regulates spiritual emotional mental physical balance. Acupuncturists believe that acupuncture helps to restore proper energy flow along pathways, called meridians. Restoring energy flow can consequently relieve pain or treat disease.

Although it has been practiced for over 5,000 years, it only has been within the past several decades that acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that Americans make as many as 12 million visits per year to acupuncturists.

Jana Kadovitz came to the Cancer Institute’s Integrative Healthcare center from Los Angeles, CA, where she led a thriving private acupuncture practice for 13 years. Whether working in groups or individuals sessions, her goal is to create the highest healing available.