Did you see Oprah trying acupuncture?

Watched Oprah today. It was another medical show with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Yeah, I’m a geek and love the medical stuff.

Anyway, there on the TV was a licensed acupuncturist (Dr. Daniel Hsu) treating Oprah. I thought… Wow!

Oprah discusses the coolest things on her show. Now, acupuncture. Even cooler was what Dr. Oz said afterwards about alternative medicine. He mentioned “energy medicine” and globalization. I became animated. I know some woman who visit the alternative therapy forum I created think EclecticGeek is against it but you have no clue how far that is from the truth. I am extremely open-minded about alternative medicine. I just want to see it further studied. At one point in my life, I considered Bastyr University. That’s how I discovered NCCAM and alternative therapy research. There is no miracle fibroid pill but if you are interested in alternative treatments, seek help from appropriately licensed and trained individuals.

I am still fascinated by the prospect of fully integrated medicine (East meets West) in the United States and plan to post more about it in the future, especially new research. It’s great that Oprah is able to bring the attention and start the discussion.

What do you think about alternative medicine, energy medicine, or the globalization of medicine?


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11 Responses to “Did you see Oprah trying acupuncture?”

  1. Tina (1/24) Says:

    Finally! One more doctor who gives credibility to alternative therapies! I was jumping for joy! Reiki, accupuncture, therapeutic touch! All given a voice today by Dr. Oz!!!!!! I cannot be any happier!

    I had a session of Reiki the day before my AM. I had never done this before but after doing some reading on Dr. Weil’s website, I thought it could not hurt. “Distance Reiki” was performed on me while I was in surgery. I accredit these sessions in part to why I was feeling so good coming out of surgery. No pain, no excessive meds, no nausea, no headache. The entire recovery process thus far has been just great.

    Thanks so much for taking note and adding this to your blog!

  2. Gabriela (1/29) Says:

    Tina, I agree……….I had 3 sessions of Jin Shin Jyutsu (similar to Reiki) before my surgery and i gotta tell ya……….i really think it made a difference, also no nausea, no excessive meds and i broke out of hospital a day early….Its a mind/body thing.

    I highly suggest a session or two before surgery to all those ladies going in for AM soon. You have nothing to loose.


  3. Tina (1/24) Says:

    Gab, that is great! Yes, I’ve read just how well you are doing and I am so happy for you! Have you considered going back for additional sessions? If yes, how do you think they will help you?

  4. Gabriela (1/29) Says:

    Tina, yes, in fact already called to get into see her late next week, i just want to be able to lay down without having too much trouble and i think i should be fine.
    Honestly, i know alot of people do not believe in alternative medicine, but i think it will help with my bloating. Relaxes the muscles and helps you heal faster. Although i am feeling really good for 2 weeks post op, i wanna feel better and i think this will help.

    If you can, definately go back for more. I have not tried Reiki and lut heard its very similar.

    I am also keeping with the diet they prescribe also, includes Rice milke instead of regular milk or soy, and lots of organic teas, a very good night cap is Rice milk with organic hot chocolate. Really soothing. You will acquire a taste to the Rice milk but i find it less gasssy……..which is a big plus…..
    sorry, i am rambling on…..


  5. Tina (1/24) Says:

    Gab, don’t worry about rambling. I can talk about alternative therapies and diet all night long! Yes, I think you are right, I should go for one more session just to bring the entire experience full circle (pre, during and post surgery). I never gave rice milk a try but I have had almond milk and even make it at home once in a while. With hot chocoloate, huh. I’ve never said no to chocolate. I’ll check it out. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. EclecticGeek Says:

    Tina and Gab,

    Thanks for the comments. I do believe that meditation, relaxation, or stress reduction prior to a stressful event has a positive effect on the outcome. I meditated quite a bit before my procedures. Nothing formal. Just me at home or me in my hospital bed. I know this helped with my recoveries. I guess I should add this to the things that make me glad about my fibroids. Several months post-procedure, I meditate more and keep my stress level low. Definite lifestyle changes. A balance between mind, body, and spirit has helped me.

    I will post more about alternative therapy in the future and look forward to the learning curve. Thanks again for your thoughts and personal experiences.

  7. Daniel Hsu, L.Ac.(NY), D.A.(RI), A.V.I. (IL) Says:

    Hello All!

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, tui na) is very effective for treating gynecological issues.
    Search for a NCCAOM board certified OM practitioner in your area.

    Health and Happiness,
    Daniel Hsu

  8. EclecticGeek Says:

    Dr. Hsu,

    I’m hoping as more people are exposed to credible information about alternative therapies, we will begin to see a true integration of Eastern and Western medicine. Thank you for helping to spread this message.

    I appreciate your comment and the information. Best wishes to you!


    Here is a link to search for certified practitioners as well as the mission of NCCAOM:

    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

    The mission of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.

  9. Bonnie Says:

    I have been getting accupuncture treatments for spurs in hte neck, migraines and now fibroids. All work wonderfully! After two treatments I actually expelled my largest fibroids. This happened within a hour of the second treatment. I also have begun taking plant enzymes fully expect to see a big change in alot of my getting old probs. Aches, pains, and fibroid regrowth. Try it before you have any type of surgery!!!!!!!!!

  10. janette Says:

    I’ve visited your website thrice so far. Nice blog! Great job done!!

  11. Acupuncture Leeds Says:

    I follow blogs that usually slate acupuncture and herbs, so it is refreshing to read the above. There seems a lack of progress in proving acupuncture via conventional double blind placebo etc – as they do not ‘fit’ acupuncture. So by far the best ‘evidence’ is the many anecdotal stories such as this one – so keep it up (everyone)!

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