National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) announced that interns from its master’s degree programs in acupuncture and oriental medicine will be working a clerkship program at Cook County’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. According to Chrioeco.com, the interns are treating patients with acupuncture in the hospital’s specialty clinic for pain management.
The interns were initially scheduled to treat 50 patients on Thursdays, and due to the success of the program the hospital has also added treatment on Wednesdays. This clerkship program reinforces NUHS’s commitment to integrative medicine, which brings different healthcare specialties together in educational and clinical environments so they can combine their expertise for better patient outcome.
Acupuncture can provide relief for pain patients, who have often been on opiates for years. Opiates can have negative side effects, where as acupuncture does not. Acupuncture can reduce the amount of medication needed by pain patients, and thus improve the patient’s quality of life.
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