Emergency Room Patients are Choosing Acupuncture Instead of Painkillers at Minneapolis Hospital

From KSTP:

Tanita couldn’t swallow or sleep and couldn’t take the pain anymore.  Anxious and afraid, she came to the emergency room at Abbott Northwestern for relief.

“I want pain medicine for the fever,” she said.

She wanted something to numb her suffering.  What she got was an option from Acupuncturist Adam Reinstein.

“I talked to your doctor and he wants me to see if you want acupuncture to make you more comfortable,” he said.

Instead of getting a pill, she got poked.  Reinstein inserted the tiny, thin needles in certain spots. Needles can be inserted in places such as the hands, arms and ears to stimulate nerves, muscles and tissues.

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