John E. Pirog

John Pirog
College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


Special Interests

  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation

I am a licensed acupuncturist and Oriental medicine practitioner at the BNorthwestern Health Clinic - Bloomington and professor in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is more than a career choice for me; I was driven by the hope that acupuncture could reduce the dependence on drugs and surgery that many Americans saw as the only options for treating chronic illness. Over the years I have learned that acupuncture can accomplish this and much more: it can restore people’s confidence in their own self-healing ability.

I have seen patients regain dignity and self-reliance wherever I have practiced: in a hospital in China, in a drug detox clinic in New York, in various free clinics in Chicago, and of course in my practice at the Northwestern Health Clinic - Bloomington. I find no greater joy than in making my skills available to those who most need them. 


Pirog, J. (1996). Practical Application of Meridian Style Acupuncture. Berkeley, CA, Pacific View Press; 1996.


  • CPR/AED certification, 2009
  • NCCAOM Diplomate - Acupuncture,
  • NCCAOM Diplomate - Chinese Herbology,
  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine - Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine, 1999
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