Family Medicine/Certified Acupuncturist Dr. Dawn Flickema.
For centuries the Chinese therapy of acupuncture has been used to treat a number of conditions. In 1997 the U.S. National Institutes of Health formally recognized acupuncture as a mainstream medicine healing option. Nancy Naeve Brown talked to a family medicine doctor at the Avera McGreevy Clinic on 69th in Sioux Falls who is also now a Certified Acupuncturist.
Nancy asks Certified Acupuncturist Dr. Dawn Flickema at the Avera McGreevy Clinic at 69th, "What is it about sticking needles in your skin that fixes things?"
Dr. Flickema says, "It's a very old type form of medicine. Some texts will say 5,000 years old so it's been proven over time. A lot of research has been done over what a meridian is that the acupuncture needle is stimulating, but over many many years they were able to map out meridians and specific points on the body that are helpful in treating various medical conditions."
Nancy asks, "Can you go through some of the conditions you are treating with acupuncture?"
Dr. Flickema says, "I've had several patients come in for menopausal hot flashes, infertility treatments (to augment fertility), allergies were a hot topic this year and we've had great success with that, stomach conditions like some of your high acid or irritable bowel."
It really can treat everything from head to toe. For more information about acupuncture here at Avera McGreevy 69th call 605.322.5240 or for general questions 877-AT-AVERA. www.AveraMcGreevyClinic.org