A Centuries Old Practice

An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine.  Prisma Health Pain Management is pleased to offer acupuncture as an option for our patients.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.

Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.

What happens during acupuncture?

Your provider will give you an exam and ask questions about your pain and how well you are functioning. Then she will look for the places (called points) on your body to access the chi that is blocked or not flowing right. Each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions.

She will look for landmarks on your body-using certain muscles or bones, for example-to find the points so that she may place the needles. After finding the points, she will quickly tap several very thin needles into your skin. Some may be placed deeper than others, depending on what the provider believes is needed to restore the flow of chi.

You may feel slight pressure when a needle goes in. Most people find that it doesn’t hurt. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. Providers believe that this is a sign that the energy flow, or chi, has been accessed.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists more than 40 conditions that may benefit from Acupuncture, including:

  • Allergies
  • Back or Neck Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Joint Pain
  • Migraine
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Tendonitis

How May We Help You?

Call us: (864) 797-7100

Pain Management- Downtown
111 Doctors Drive
Greenville, SC 29605

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Our Provider

Hong Zhang, Acupuncturist

Hong Zhang was born in China where she studied traditional Chinese Medicine at Beijing college of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  She practiced as a physician in China and was also an assistant professor at the Xiyuan Hospital Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  During this period she was involved in research on acupuncture.

Hong Zhang is certified with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a charter member of the South Carolina Oriental Medicine Association.  She has over 30 years experience practicing acupuncture.