Medical Acupuncture is Real: Benefits Behind It


Yes, medical acupuncture is real and has several benefits that could help you!

Medical Acupuncture is provided by a licensed physician and integrates Traditional Chinese principles and practices into Traditional Western Medicine practice.  This holistic approach encourages optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness.   It has been successfully incorporated into medical and allied health practices in Western countries for many years with excellent clinical outcomes and it is also utilized within the military setting.  In support of the clinical efficacy of medical acupuncture is a growing body of evidence-based research.

Medical acupuncture respects our understanding of neuromuscular anatomy and pain physiology while embracing the classical Chinese perception of a subtle circulation network of a vivifying force called Qi, or Life Energy.   Therapeutic insertion of solid needles in various combinations and patterns is the foundation of medical acupuncture. The needle patterns are based on traditional principles such as encouraging the flow of qi, through classically described acupuncture channels, modern concepts such as recruiting neuroanatomical activities in segmental distributions, or a combination of these two principles.  The protocols are designed specifically to address each individual patient’s needs.  The medical conditions that can greatly benefit from medical acupuncture are myriad and include musculoskeletal pain, myofascial trigger point pain, migraine, asthma, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, infertility, depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency.

Dr. April L. Harris at Galen Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine is a graduate of The Helms Medical Institute where she received her training in medical acupuncture.  She is board-certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine and she has extensive clinical experience in treating patients in the primary care, hospital, and critical care settings.  Additionally, she is trained in Neuro-Acupuncture and Constitutional Facial Acupuncture.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris, please call her at (785) 393-1108 or email her at  You can also visit her website at

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