Q. Who is Linden Hills Oriental Medicine?
A. Catherine Pruszynski,
Licensed Acupuncturist (my license number is "007!"), I am
a sole proprietor. My Diploma in Acupuncture is from the renowned Edith
R. Davi's, L.Ac., founder of the Minnesota School of Acupuncture and Herbal
Studies. Licensure for acupuncture practitioners began in 1995, via
the Board of Medical Practice. Be sure to ask any practitioner you interview
about their training. Under Minnesota law M.D.'s and chiropractors may
do acupuncture with very little or no training. Sometimes acupuncture
done this way may still benefit the client, but I prefer an acupuncturist
who has studied and understands the profound theory of Oriental Medicine
that underlies the choice of treatments.
Q. Who can benefit from acupuncture?
A. If you are looking for flourishing health, perhaps to reclaim
it, reorganize it, or protect it, you can benefit. Oriental medicine
is a complete medical system, perfect to use as a complement to western
medicine or psychotherapy. Here are some disorders listed by the World
Health Organization and the National Institute of Health for which oriental
medicine is recommended: respiratory ailments;
acute or chronic allergies and asthma;
digestive ailments (reflux, IBS,
side effects of medications); insomnia;
depression; menstrual patterns and
PMS; pain relief; chronic
fatigue; fibromyalgia; migraines
and headaches; sports injuries; arthritis;
and addictions. I am a general practioner, and frequently
address additional problems people have such as side effects
of drugs while undergoing chemotherapy and/or
radiation, fertility concerns of men
or women, hypertension, high cholesterol,
and cosmetic acupuncture.
Q. Does insurance cover acupuncture?
A. Check with your health plan coverage. Many will cover acupuncture
with a referral from your doctor. If you
have cafeteria plan or medical spending account through your work, you
may use those dollars for your acupuncture care.