For most of her life, Pohlson has suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that causes painful abdominal cramping along with constipation and diarrhea. Conventional medicine hadn't helped, so when Grinnell Hospital started an outpatient facility for acupuncture treatments
she decided to give it a try.
It took a few months of weekly hour long treatments to see results, but gradually her painful, unpredictable symptoms abated. Now Pohlson, who is on the hospital's board of trustees, returns every three or four weeks to have small needles placed around her navel, below her knees, at the back of her head and elsewhere. Except for occasional flare-ups, her condition is now under control.
Pohlson's quality of life has improved tremendously.