Acupuncture | Q&A

Acupuncture | Q&A

[MUSIC] So integrative medicine means
taking a team approach to healthcare and that can be by bringing
modalities that are different from what is typically
a Western biomedical treatment. And that could be something
like using massage or using meditation or using
acupuncture in conjunction with those traditional therapies. In order to give the patient
a more optimal outcome, a more positive experience,
and that the entire team of providers are communicating
and making sure that the treatment plan is
communicated to the patient. And that everyone’s on
the same page the whole time. [MUSIC] From a modern
biological perspective, acupuncture is stimulating
the body to balance itself. And it does that through complex
neurochemical pathways that affect the immune system, the nervous system, and
the inflammatory process. Now from traditional Eastern
perspective, the theory explains that our bodies are a microcosm
of the natural world and that there is energy at
play that animates us, that makes us alive. And each of our organs contain a
type of energy that’s call Chi. And that Chi, that energy,
travels through the body through pathways and we call
those pathways meridians. And along those pathways
there are points where that energy is said
to collect and each of those points have
very specific functions. And it’s by stimulating
those very precise, very specific points that we’re
able to affect certain changes in the body depending
on what we’re treating. [MUSIC] No, acupuncture is actually
a very relaxing treatment, feels very good. The placement of the needles
actually stimulates your body’s own abiiity to relieve pain and
releasing endorphins. A lot of patients
actually fall asleep and leave an acupuncture
treatment feeling very good. [MUSIC] So acupuncture can treat
a wide range of conditions, just about anything that might
affect a patient’s quality of life in the long term. Here in the gastroenterology
department, I see patients with things
like Crohn’s disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease,
sometimes gastroparesis. But acupuncture
actually can treat a much broader range of things. And I do see all kinds of
different conditions here in my practice. And that could be
anything from joint pain, orthopedic sports injuries,
a lot of women’s health issues, menopause, infertility, PMS,
anything that causes pain. Things that
are aggravated by stress, things that are mediated
by an inflammatory process. Acupuncture is very,
very effective for. [MUSIC] The number of treatments that
a patient might require for any given condition is going to
vary widely from case to case, just like it does in
any medical modality. It’s important to speak with
a licensed acupuncturist who can give you more targeted
information depending on what it is that you’re looking for. How severe a condition is,
how long it’s been a problem, the overall more global
health of the patient are all things that are taken
into consideration. But usually acupuncture is
performed in a series of treatments, kind of like
a course of antibiotics, you could think of it that way,
and the effect is cumulative. [MUSIC]

4 Replies to “Acupuncture | Q&A”

  1. Sorry, Ms. Waldman, you are seriously mislead about acupuncture and are promoting an invalidated practice to the public. This is considered unethical by the physicians with whom you wish to "integrate." Acupuncturists and physicians don't even speak the same language!  Citizens with illnesses deserve more from Johns Hopkins than the mere suggestion that they feel better.  

  2. I know it sounds crazy, but I've had acupuncture three times to assist with pain from a reoccurring lower back injury and it really does help. It knocks probably 70% of the pain off allowing me to at least function normally. Definitely worth a shot, and better than opiods…

  3. I am aghast that the prestigious institution that is Johns Hopkins would be associated with the pseudo-scientific nonsense that is acupuncture.

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