Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

At Mayo Clinic, acupuncture is offered to people who have been referred by a Mayo provider for complementary and integrative treatment. At Mayo, acupuncture treatments are tailored to your unique needs, concerns and diagnosis, and may include:

  • Manual stimulation. The needles are gently twisted by hand after placement.
  • Heat and electrical stimulation. The needles are gently stimulated with a low current of electricity or heat, or both, after placement.

Acupuncture is usually done in a series of weekly treatments. During each visit, your Mayo specialist will conduct a physical exam and assess your condition before starting needle therapy. An acupuncture visit usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.

A study reviewed the use of acupuncture at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in more than 900 people between 2004 and 2008. It found the three most common problems for which acupuncture was used were back and neck pain, other pain, and joint pain. These uses accounted for 70 percent of the more than 6,000 acupuncture treatments during that time frame.

Acupuncture is also occasionally used to treat other conditions, including (in descending order of frequency):

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Myofascial symptoms
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Chronic fatigue

The study also found that 42 percent of the visits weren't covered by health insurance and were paid for by the people treated.

Jan. 25, 2012