Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine, sterile needles are applied to specific areas of the body, or acupoints, to stimulate energy flow (or “chi”). The needles are usually left in place for about 30 minutes. Skilled acupuncturists cause virtually no pain.
Energy is believed to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. When energy is flowing freely through these meridians, the body is healthy. When the flow of energy is disturbed or off-balance, pain or illness may occur. A goal of acupuncture is to restore balance and healthy energy flow to the body to control pain and other symptoms.
The acupuncturists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) are experienced practitioners who work to alleviate treatment-related side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and pain, as well as other common symptoms, such as stress, fatigue and insomnia. As you receive treatments, your acupuncturist will be in regular communication with your care team to evaluate your progress.
Meet our acupuncturist
Dorion Simmons, a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist, is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of his patients, their caregivers and his fellow stakeholders. "I love my job,” he says.
As part of his academic studies, Simmons studied traditional Chinese medicine with additional training in Tui’ Na, Korean and Japanese acupuncture techniques, auricular therapy and Western sciences.