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Acupuncture

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St. Francis Regional Medical Center offers outpatient appointments for acupuncture in the 1601 Medical Office Building on the St. Francis campus. Physician referrals are not necessary.

During an acupuncture treatment, gently-placed needles can provide pain relief, reduce side effects from treatments, balance the body's energy, and provide multi-symptom management for mental and physical conditions.

Acupuncture may help in your recovery process if you are having difficulty managing your symptoms after discharge. Acupuncture can also be used to treat chronic health conditions.

Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be highly effective, both through numerous research studies and our patients’ experiences. It is safe and effective, with minimal side effects. In addition to acupuncture, our acupuncturists may utilize other modalities including aromatherapy and acupressure.

Common conditions acupuncture can manage include:

  • Pain (chronic and acute).
  • Neuropathy.
  • Anxiety, depression and PTSD.
  • Insomnia.
  • Nausea and vomiting (including during pregnancy or chemotherapy).
  • Fatigue.
  • Constipation and diarrhea.
  • Stroke.
  • Migraines and headaches.
  • Vertigo.
  • Tinnitus.
  • Other idiopathic or chronic conditions.

Our expert providers have a combined 25 years of experience in treating pediatric conditions such as chronic pain, colic, headaches, migraines, nocturnal enuresis, nausea and vomiting, spasticity, anxiety, and asthma. St. Francis’ acupuncturists are certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. They work in conjunction with your physician and other outpatient therapies, including prescription medications. Because acupuncture is a non-drug therapy, it will not interfere with any of your other treatments.

Acupuncture treatments may be reimbursable through healthcare spending accounts or billable to insurance. Please call your insurance company to verify your coverage prior to your appointment.

Beginning the week of July 2, 2022, Kristianne Schultz will be available for appointments during the following times:

  • Monday: 7 am -7:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 7 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 7 am - 7:30 pm
  • Every other Thursday: 7 am - 3:30 pm

Beginning the week of July 16, 2022, Elizabeth Williams will be available for appointments during the following times:

  • Wednesday: 7:30 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 am - 7 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 7 pm

For more information about acupuncture at St. Francis, call 952.428.3690.

Acupuncture for oncology

How can acupuncture help you on your cancer care journey?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy for patients with cancer. It can be used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Neuropathy.
  • Pain.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Insomnia and fatigue.
  • Constipation and diarrhea.

Our acupuncturists are highly trained in oncology acupuncture and have years of experience in the St. Francis Cancer Center. They will work with your oncologist as part of your care team.

Oncology acupuncture has been demonstrated to be highly effective, both through numerous research studies and our patients’ experience. It is very safe and effective, with minimal side effects.

In addition to acupuncture, our acupuncturists may utilize other modalities including aromatherapy and acupressure. Acupuncture can also be used to treat chronic health conditions while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Because acupuncture is a non-drug therapy, it will not interfere with your cancer treatment.

Pediatric acupuncture

Acupuncture is a pain-free way to treat many health conditions—at any age!

Children often find relief from pain, anxiety, digestive issues and other discomforts with treatment from our providers. Our team also offers non-needle treatment modalities. Pediatric acupuncture is available in the St. Francis Health Clinic, located on the St. Francis campus.

Other integrative therapies

In partnership with Allina Health’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, integrative health at St. Francis complements conventional medicine and promotes well-being through services, education and self-care. Integrative health options are offered to patients at St. Francis during their stay.

If you are interested in receiving integrative therapies while you are in the hospital, cancer center, emergency department or outpatient surgery, ask your nurse about an integrative therapy consultation.

The integrative health practitioners will help determine which therapy will best meet your needs, including:

  • Acupressure.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Aromatherapy.
  • Breath coaching.
  • Craniosacral.
  • Cupping.
  • Dry needling.
  • Guided imagery.
  • Herbal therapy.
  • Reflexology.
  • Relaxation techniques.
  • Tuina.

Services provided based on clinical needs of an inpatient will not be billed to the patient or their insurance.