A guide for transgender and gender non-conforming students
UHS offers quality acupuncture services to students for an additional cost on Wednesday afternoons. Acupuncture—which stimulates points on the body using fine needles, finger, or hand pressure—is an efficient, inexpensive method that can relieve discomfort and pain and reduce the effects of stress.
Acupuncture is considered cumulative in nature, meaning one may need to undergo a series of treatments. The first session will include a private conversation with the acupuncturist. Allow at least one hour for the first appointment to accommodate your consultation and session. If your condition requires lengthy discussion, arrange time outside the scheduled appointment to communicate with the acupuncturist.
Treatment takes place in a double or single room with others. Insertion of an acupuncture needle will not feel like an injection or blood draw. Acupuncture needles are flexible, solid and fine enough to tie in a knot (about the size of a human hair). Reaction to and number of sessions can vary. Expect to retain the acupuncture needles for at least 20 minutes. The acupuncturist should be able to predict reaction based on the consultation and the body’s responses to the initial session.
The cost is $20 (cash only) paid directly to the acupuncturist at the start of treatment. UHS acupuncture services are not covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan. UHS does not bill insurance nor provide billing statements to submit for insurance reimbursement for acupuncture services.
Colleen D. Lewis is a certified acupuncturist who passed a national board exam for licensure in 2001. She employs one-time-use stainless steel fine gauge sterile needles for minimal sensation. Colleen maintains a private acupuncture practice in Spring Green and has worked with the UW-Madison Integrative Medicine Department since 2005.