Medical Acupuncture P.C.

Nancy A. Lorenzini M.D.

2701 First Avenue SE: Suite 104

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


What is medical acupuncture & how does it work?


Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty in practice.  It represents the integration of classical acupuncture with modern medicine.


Traditional Chinese acupuncture states that there are two opposing and complementary forces that coexist in nature, Yin and Yang. These two forces regulate the flow of vital energy known as Qi (chee). When a person is in good health Yin and Yang are balanced and the flow of Qi is smooth.  When Yin and Yang are unbalanced there are irregularities in Qi which leads to illness and disease.


The classical Chinese explanation is that Qi flows from a network of channels called meridians, which bring Qi from the internal organs to the surface. Along these channels there are acupuncture points that can be stimulated to restore the proper flow of energy and correct the imbalance for healing.


Western medicine provides evidence that acupuncture activates the nervous system to release healing substances that change our perception of pain.


What conditions can it treat?


While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Either on its own or in combination with other treatments, it can promote health and well-being, prevent illness, and treat a variety of medical conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of multiple conditions including digestive, respiratory, neurological, and muscular disorders.


Acupuncture has been found to be particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress, and emotional conditions.


How many treatments do I need?


The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, 1 to 2 treatments per week for several months may suffice. For acute problems, fewer visits are typically required.  I recommend seasonal visits for optimal health.


Your initial acupuncture visit will be 1 hour (at a cost of $125) and the subsequent visits will be 30 to 45 minutes (at a cost of $100). Payment is expected at time of visit.


*Please note that we do NOT accept insurance.

Dr. Lorenzini's Bio:


Dr. Nancy Lorenzini (M.D.) graduated from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago in 1988. She completed her Anesthesiology residency in 1992 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, then subsequently served in the Air Force as a staff anesthesiologist at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas until 1996. She currently practices anesthesiology with Linn County Anesthesiologists in Cedar Rapids.


Dr. Lorenzini completed her Medical Acupuncture coursework with the Stanford affiliated Helms Medical Institute. She is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She has had additional training in auricular (ear) and scalp acupuncture.



Do the needles hurt?


Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted, or none at all, and there is no pain once the needles are inserted.


Acupuncture needles are hair thin, solid, and made from stainless steel with a smooth point; insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections, which use hollow needles with a cutting edge.


There are minimal risks of bruising and skin irritation.  Additionally, the needles are sterile and disposable, so there is no risk of infection.


Are there any side effects?


Usually, no.  As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place.


Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days or general changes in appetite, sleep, emotions, bowel or urination patterns may occur.  These should not be cause for concern, as they are indications that the acupuncture is assisting the body in starting to heal.



Our Location:


We are located at 2701 First Ave SE, Suite 104 (downstairs).

To schedule an appointment, click on the link below or call (319)-743-7300.


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