Medical Services is now offering acupuncture services, in partnership with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). Columbia students enrolled in Columbia Health may receive up to five sessions at Medical Services, when referred by their Medical Services provider. Students can make an appointment with their Medical Services provider to discuss their needs for acupuncture services.

Acupuncture services are held one morning weekly. The first visit will include a comprehensive evaluation and may take up to two hours. Each additional session is typically one hour.

Acupuncture is a complementary modality that works together with conventional medicine. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is the largest Chinese medical college in the United States. Sessions are administered by PCOM interns and supervised by licensed acupuncturist.


What to expect at your office visit with the acupuncturist?

Typically an acupuncturist will begin by taking a complete history by asking numerous questions about your primary complaint as well as more general health issues.  An acupuncturist physical exam may resemble a more conventional exam, including vital signs like weight, temperature and blood pressure.  It is also likely to include a more detailed examination and analysis of the pulse and tongue as well as abdominal palpation and facial diagnosis.  When the acupuncturist has arrived a working diagnosis, he or she will place you in a comfortable position to insert needles. you may be seated although it is more common to lie down.  Ten to 20 needles may be inserted although more or less is not uncommon.  Once you are comfortable, you will relax in the treatment room for 15 to 20 minutes checking on you periodically to ensure that you are still comfortable. 

How many treatments will it take to resolve my problem?

Most health problems take more than one treatment to resolve.  Expect to have four treatments before reassessment or an outside referral is given.  

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable, sterile needles in strategic points near the body surface.  

Are the needles like the ones that I get from a vaccination with a nurse? 
The needles are much finer than the familiar hypodermic needle.  
Will this hurt?
While acupuncture patients are initially wary of the claim that acupuncture doesn't hurt, they soon discover that the experience is quite pleasurable.  
Last updated October 15, 2014