- MD - Minsk Medical University, Minsk, Belarus
- MS, Oriental Medicine - Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Licensed acupuncturist Irina Aleynikova has always believed in the power of Eastern and Western medicine combined. As a medical student in her home country of Belarus, she studied herbology and nutrition therapy in addition to traditional medicine. Aleynikova went on to receive training in acupuncture so she could serve as both an internal medicine doctor and acupuncturist at the National Hospital of Pulmonology and Tuberculosis of the Republic of Belarus, where she cared for patients with pulmonary diseases for a number of years.
But Aleynikova aspired to serve patients in a clinical setting where patients receive thoroughly integrated treatment that includes leading-edge medicine and a multitude of holistic therapies. In February 2005, she found exactly what she was looking for at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago: our hospital in Zion, Illinois. “It’s a pleasure to work as a team with patients and other clinicians,” says Aleynikova of working at the hospital.
Dr. Stephen Ray, who launched the acupuncture program at CTCA, brought Aleynikova aboard because he knew CTCA® was the perfect fit for her. CTCA aligns with Aleynikova’s personal philosophy of healthcare.
Aleynikova holds a medical degree from Minsk Medical University in Minsk, Belarus. She graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in Oriental medicine (studies in acupuncture, herbology and nutrition) from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
She says, “My own experiences and my training allow me to better understand how I can help patients, in the shortest period of time and with the best results possible.”
Aleynikova sees an average of 10 patients a day and performs approximately 2,000 treatments a year. She meets with many new patients for evaluations and helps them learn about acupuncture and its benefits. She talks with patients about their medical history, and symptoms and side effects they may be experiencing. The experienced acupuncturist then works with patients throughout their cancer treatment at CTCA.
The acupuncture treatments she provides attempt to alleviate pain (without pain medication); reduce stress, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, neuropathy, migraines, anxiety, depression and hot flashes; and treat irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and other disorders. Also, patients who want to stop smoking often turn to Aleynikova for acupuncture, which can help with smoking cessation.
Patients are often referred to Aleynikova for help in dealing with side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Acupuncture may also be recommended to patients who are stressed or anxious about undergoing surgery.
In addition to caring for patients, Aleynikova serves as an instructor and supervisor for the Eastern/Western acupuncture training residency program at the hospital.
Aleynikova is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
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