Acupuncture: The Basics

Dr. Oz first introduced acupuncturist Daniel Hsu on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Mr. Hsu says acupuncture has been shown to treat many common ailments and chronic diseases more effectively than modern Western medicine practices. In the following paragraphs, Mr. Hsu notes a few of the health benefits of acupuncture

*This interview with Daniel Hsu is taken from www.oprah.com

Acupuncture provides relief for chronic pains such as lower back pain and migraines

Daniel says acupuncture not only causes the body to release natural pain killers, it can also change a patient’s perception of the pain, thereby relieving their symptoms. For example, 2 people can have the same X-rays and the same MRIs, yet one person feels absolutely no pain and the other person feels a lot of pain. It’s just unexplainable. “What acupuncture does is just alter that perception—and it’s quite effective,” he says.

Acupuncture relieves stress and anxiety

Daniel says acupuncture treatments geared toward different parts of the body can relieve different types of stress. For example, he says that if a patient complains of palpitations and is upset and unhappy, he will use acupuncture to trigger points that help the heart. If a patient is irritable, stressed-out and quick to lose their temper, he will treat trigger points that help the liver. “Every organ has corresponding signs and symptoms,” he says.

Acupuncture may help women dealing with infertility

Daniel says acupuncture can be used in conjunction with medical care to help women dealing with infertility, depending on the presumed causes. He says he will often administer acupuncture to women before and after they undergo in vitro fertilization because it decreases uterine contractions (which can cause the IVF to fail), and it can also increase blood flow to the uterus, which may help the embryo take hold.

Acupuncture improves overall health and wellness

Rather than going for a massage or a trip to the spa, Daniel says he has many patients who use acupuncture to improve their overall well-being and as a preventative health measure. “It boosts your immune system and it also just gives you a sense of wellness, and it helps people in a stressful time, with work and with family, to continue with their week and actually enjoy life better,” he says.

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