Can needles stop your pain? An inside look at acupuncture

FOX Medical Team

Can needles stop your pain? An inside look at acupuncture

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA - Andrea Orzechowski never imagined her tailbone could hurt so much, or that needles would be the one thing to tame the pain. She’d tried to find relief for months, and when her doctor suggested acupuncture, she says, “ I was skeptical, I was, I admit it!"

But when Orzechowski she came to the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine in Buckhead, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia (who goes professionally by Dr. Taz) encouraged her to take a “whole-body” approach to her pain.

Dr. Taz’s practice uses a combination of conventional and complementary therapies.

Dr. Taz explains, “A patient of mine, for example, may have a medication that they're on, but they may also be prescribed acupuncture."

And acupuncture, which has been around for two or three thousand years, has become a lot more mainstream in the U.S. over the last few years. Dr. Taz says, “I've had patients come in and they're like, ‘Really, is this going to work? Are you sure?’ And then they try it, and they're amazed by the results."

The concept of using the hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles to opening up energy pathways along the body.

Dr. Taz says practitioners use a combination of different acupuncture points for each specific problem.

She says, "The most common conditions in which I recommend acupuncture are usually pain-based, or orthopedic. You may have an injury, or you've pulled a muscle, or an area of your back is hurting. Fertility and hormone balance are two big areas where acupuncture has (also) been shown to be very successful."

Acupuncture can be helpful for digestive problems, and for nausea after surgery or chemotherapy. But it has limits. Dr. Taz cautions, “Acupuncture will not cure cancer, acupuncture will not reverse an auto-immune disease.”

If you're interested in giving the needles a try, find a licensed acupuncturist. After four treatments, Andrea says the needles are helping. She says, “Now, I don't have that severe pain, I feel a little bit of residual. But nothing like that. I've able to get up and sit down with no pain.”

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Pike Nurseries: Keeping beautiful Hydrangeas

    Pike Nurseries: Keeping beautiful Hydrangeas

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:40:27 GMT
    Looking for plants that add fresh color to the garden? Here are some easy ideas that use new varieties of old favorites--the hydrangea and azalea—that bloom from now until fall!
    Looking for plants that add fresh color to the garden? Here are some easy ideas that use new varieties of old favorites--the hydrangea and azalea—that bloom from now until fall!
  • Local Companies Partner To Make "Green" Beer

    Local Companies Partner To Make "Green" Beer

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:39:03 GMT
    Since it seems like there's a day for everything, get this -- today is "International Beer Day!"  And one local brewing company is celebrating
    Since it seems like there's a day for everything, get this -- today is "International Beer Day!"
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices