What is Acupuncture? How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture compared to other treatments: There’s a place for everything – I would never tell a patient not to take his or her pills or not to go for his or her MRI. In fact, I encourage my patients to go through all the testing they need to go through in addition to acupuncture. I don’t want to mask a certain issue. If a person has cancer, and that’s obviously an extreme, he or she might experience a lot of pain. If a person comes to me not knowing that he or she has cancer, and I help them with the pain and alleviate the pain, that could make their situation worse because they still need to address the cancer. So, in most cases when I have patients who are in pain and don’t have the answers as to why they are in pain, I encourage them to go through the process to try to understand what they are going through. It really is about educating yourself to understand what your options are and then going from there.