Introduction to Acupuncture
Just a few years ago, Dr. Oz says, many Western doctors would have written off acupuncture and other "alternative" medicines even though acupuncture could make sense for Angela. "Here's the irony—acupuncture has been around for 2,500 years in China," Dr. Oz says. "There are a billion people in another part of the world who use these therapies."
Dr. Oz introduces her to acupuncturist Daniel Hsu, who takes Angela backstage for a full acupuncture treatment on her pained shoulder. Will it work? Keep reading to find out!
"But let's broaden the discussion, because it's not just about acupuncture," Dr. Oz says. "The reason I'm so excited and passionate about alternative medicine is … [because it is] the globalization of medicine."
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Alternative medicines, Dr. Oz says, deal with the body's energy—something that traditional Western medicine generally does not. "We're beginning now to understand things that we know in our hearts are true but we could never measure," he says. "As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier … in medicine is energy medicine. It's not the mechanistic part of the joints moving. It's not the chemistry of our body. It's understanding for the first time how energy influences how we feel."
"Acupuncture treats any condition from allergies to, obviously, pain to gastrointestinal issues—a wide range of chronic diseases," Daniel says.
Oprah doesn't suffer from those particular ailments, so Daniel recommends a wellness acupuncture treatment, which will help boost Oprah's immune system. This normally requires about 10 needles, he says, and the positive effects will be felt anywhere from 20 minutes to days afterwards.
"It's really not bad," Oprah says. "It's not as bad as getting your ears pierced, I'll tell you that."
"I'm on cloud nine," she says. "I feel rejuvenated. The pain that I had was a constant radiating pain, and I don't feel it. Literally, I don't feel it. I feel wonderful."
Angela says she's ready for more acupuncture treatments, too. This is good because Daniel says she'll need a few more sessions to really cure her shoulder. "The key is to have a few treatments back-to-back-to-back so it builds up on itself," he says. "Eventually she'll have no pain at all."
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