The Cleveland Clinic, one of the top medical centers in the country, has brought in Chinese herbs and Traditional Chinese medicine into the hospital.
Jamie Starkey, the lead acupuncturist at the Tanya I. Edwards MD Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, began working with the Chinese Herb Product Committee to ensure that the Chinese herbs met the rigorous criteria that hospitals require.
The use of Chinese herbal therapy has been given the go-ahead for a number of treatments at the clinic. And the practioners will be recording whether there are any side effects from administering the herbs to their patients. Read more about this cutting-edge program here.
And the Cleveland Clinic isn’t alone, many well-known and established mainstream hospitals now offer acupuncture to help patients with chronic pain, women’s health issues, cancer treatment side effects, and many more conditions. For example, medical acupuncture is offered at the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University and at New York Presbyterian hospital.
According to a 2011 study by the American Hospital Association, forty-two percent of hospitals offer some form of alternative therapy for patients — including acupuncture.
“These are just more signs that mainstream medicine in the United States is beginning to gain wider acceptance for the benefits that Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbs, have on patients,” says Jason Stein, co-founder of Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture. “Hopefully we’ll continue to see more of this because I really believe the wider acceptance of these modalities can help a much wider segment of the American people.”