WVU Family Medicine offers Medical Acupuncture services. Medical Acupuncture is a treatment that is provided by physicians trained in acupuncture. The treatment consists of placing very tiny needles in the body in a certain pattern to help with medical problems. It is designed to work with other treatments that your doctor may prescribe. Medical Acupuncture is not designed to replace the treatment that you receive from your physician but rather to enhance medical treatment. Some common conditions that respond well to Medical Acupuncture include but are not limited to the following: lower back pain, neck pain, chronic headaches, muscles pain, painful scars, trigger points, digestive difficulties and anxiety or depressed mood.
WVU Family Medicine is dedicated to the training and education of its residents. As part of this education, residents are exposed to Medical Acupuncture through one-on-one practice with faculty. The residents also receive instruction and needling technique through various workshops. Those who are interested in integrating Medical Acupuncture into his or her practice are offered the opportunity to apply for selection to participate in a formal training program due to the generosity and support from donors. By integrating exposure to Medical Acupuncture into the residency program, WVU Family Medicine residents are given a unique training experience.