The Minneapolis Abbott Northwestern hospital has been offering Acupuncture to patients since 2003 in addition to surgery. Now it's won a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of Acupuncture and other alternative modalities on patient care.
In the past, studies have shown that stress-relief techniques, such as Acupuncture can ease pain and improve moods, said Jeffery Dusek, director of integrative medicine. "We think the integrative approach is the best of both worlds." Last year, a study at Abbott found that Acupuncture and other alternative treatments reduced pain levels by a reported 56 percent.