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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Acupuncture for a Strong Immune System

Published in Lifestyle Health, For the Health of It Author: Doug Blanchard,LAc

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, but more recently it has been attracting attention from researchers throughout the world for its ability to strengthen the human body against diseases. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through a person’s skin at strategic points on the body.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, more research has revealed that acupuncture can help regulate the immune system, for example, to enhance anticancer and antistress immune function and exert anti-inflammation effects. These findings may lay the groundwork for how acupuncture could help prevent or treat disease.

In my years as an acupuncturist, I have seen these benefits from acupuncture therapy:

  • Strengthens the overall body to help fight off cold viruses and influenza
  • Reduces recovery time after initial signs and symptoms have gone
  • Provides preventative maintenance
  • Helps energize the body
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces stress and worry
  • Improves chronic conditions
  • Reduces acute conditions

Learn more about acupuncture and its benefits so you can stay strong and healthy all year long.

Lifestyle Health Group Acupuncture

Because of COVID-19 precautions, group acupuncture clients receive their treatments within private rooms at CentraCare – Lifestyle Health. Our licensed acupuncturists move from room to room while clients enjoy the mood lighting and serene setting of their own space.

For individual or group acupuncture, contact Lifestyle Health at 320-534-3096 or

Acupuncture and Acupressure at Coborn Healing Center

At Coborn Healing Center, cancer patients are offered integrative therapies, such as acupuncture and acupressure, to ease common side effects of cancer treatment including:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficult sleep
  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty coping

Through generous donations to CentraCare Foundation, these services are offered free or at reduced cost. Please contact Coborn Healing Center to request an individual or shared acupuncture appointment at 320-229-5100.