Cuyahogs Community College students at the University of Cincinnati are getting free acupuncture after they were told to stop using the controversial therapy because it was deemed too expensive and ineffective.
The Cleveland Clinic says that students have had their health and safety monitored by the medical board, and the clinic is also offering free acupuncture for the next five weeks.
However, the Cleveland Clinic said that the students have not had acupuncture for a week, and it is uncertain whether they will be able to access it.
“We have a responsibility to make sure that we are providing the best care for our patients, but we have also a responsibility, also, to make certain that our patients are able to get access to this, as well,” said Dr. Scott Schaffer, the medical director of the Clinic.
The medical board said that it has reviewed all the cases and determined that none of the patients has had any serious complications after the treatment, and that all students have experienced some relief from their condition.
Cleveland Clinic said the patients are receiving free acupuncture in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Cleveland.
They will not be able the acupuncture because the treatment is not covered by the federal government’s Medicaid program.
According to the American Medical Association, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions.
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