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Acupuncture, Actually

The ancient Chinese remedy, captured in the Weinberg outpatient clinic.
Longtime faculty members in this bastion of tradition probably thought they’d never see the day, but acupuncture now is available to patients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

As it turns out, Johns Hopkins is coming late to the party. Acupuncture is already a fait accompli at many peer institutions—Mayo Clinic, Duke, Stanford, UCLA and at least a dozen others included.

Most of these medical centers offer the therapy in ambulatory clinics through their anesthesia/pain management services or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) centers.

Here at Hopkins, it’s the new complementary and integrative medicine service (the patient-care arm of CAM) that’s offering the ancient Chinese practice. Because the acupuncture program is supported by a $100,000 pilot grant from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, the therapy is currently available only to patients of the Cancer Center.

Clinical nurse specialist Kathleen Menten, a licensed acupuncturist, says she expects to treat about 15 patients a week. “Most will be outpatients, although inpatients are probably the ones who need it most.” Administrative details are still being ironed out for inpatients. All must have a written referral from a Hopkins medical oncologist.

Widely used by the American public, acupuncture has been gaining favor among the heavies of Western medicine as clinical trials continue to show that it can help relieve pain and reduce nausea following chemotherapy or surgery.

The Kimmel Foundation grant supports not only acupuncture, but also a six-week mind-body course for cancer patients and a consultation service on complementary therapies. Menten is seeking additional philanthropic support for the fledgling program.

Anne Bennett Swingle

Acupuncture

Where: Outpatient clinic, Weinberg Building, first floor.

When: Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon.

Cost: Initial assessment and treatment: $150; follow-up treatments: $80.

Appointments: 410-955-8893.

Info: Kathleen Menten, 410-502-0934 or kmenten1@jhmi.edu.

The CAM Center wants to know more about your knowledge and use of alternative medicine. Clinicians are urged to take a short, online survey: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/cam/altmed_survey.html

 

 

 

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