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Acupuncture is defined by Oregon law as a part of the practice of medicine and includes the following techniques:
This depends on your individual condition and how well you respond to acupuncture treatment. Generally, chronic conditions require more treatment than acute; younger patients tend to heal faster than the elderly. The acupuncturist can usually estimate the number of treatments required for similar cases.
Acupuncture draws on the body's own ability to heal itself, apparently stimulating that function in several ways. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture balances the energy flow of the body. Each acupuncture point has well-defined functions for the restoration of health and harmony. While the mechanisms of action remain only partially understood, there is a significant body of research demonstrating the effects of acupuncture.
Only pre-sterilized disposable acupuncture needles are used during the procedure. Needles are used only one time and then disposed of safely.
Oregon has had licensed acupuncturists as independent practitioners for more than 20 years. The State requires three years of training in an approved program. Course work includes relevant Western biomedical sciences as well as acupuncture. A board examination is also required to be licensed as an L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist).
Acupuncture is located at SHS@Dixon (in the Dixon Recreation Center). Students may call 541-737-7556 or 541-737-9355 or visit the reception desk just inside the west entrance to make an appointment.
Appointments are made for half-hour or one-hour intervals and there is a charge for this service.
A medical referral is not necessary. However, check with your health care insurance provider for coverage requirements. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call in advance. All missed appointments will be charged.
In China, acupuncture is used in a very broad range of disorders. In the USA, it is used in a more limited way, often in conjunction with the other medical resources available here. Conditions that are commonly treated are the following (see right):
Contraindications and side effects
Acupuncture is contraindicated in people with severe bleeding disorders. In case of severe trauma or life threatening medical disorders, treatment by biomedical providers is most appropriate. Side effects from acupuncture are very rare, potentially including the following:
Here at SHS we have never had a serious injury result from acupuncture treatment.
Patients with bleeding disorders, pacemakers, or pregnancy should inform the acupuncturist prior to treatment.
Low back pain
Arthritic & rheumatic pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Facial paralysis/Bell's palsy