In this medicinal video learn about learn how the ancient therapy of acupuncture is helping alleviate the symptoms of a common modern-day ailment, Osteoarthritis.
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Jennifer Matthews: Every two weeks, Joy Berman takes a walk to a place she didn't need until last year. Joy Berman: Of course, I was getting more uncomfortable and more difficult walking up and down the stairs. And so I wanted to try something and see if it would help me. Jennifer Matthews: Joy has osteoarthritis. She turned to acupuncturist Lixing Lao to ease the pain in her knees. Dr. Lixing Lao: According to Chinese medical theory, acupuncture balances the energy in the body. Jennifer Matthews: According to a recent study, it also decreases pain from osteoarthritis. Dr. Marc Hochberg says it could help patients who don't respond to standard treatments. Dr. Marc Hochberg: I think it gives patients another avenue for treatment. Jennifer Matthews: That Avenue could be the right path for many. Dr. Marc Hochberg: They may indeed notice an improvement in their symptoms and improvement in their functional capacity, and that's really what we want out of the treatment. Jennifer Matthews: The study shows more than 70% of patients had a 50% improvement in their pain. Dr. Lixing Lao: We had very remarkable improvement in terms of pain, stiffness, function and change. Quite remarkable compared to the non-treatment patients. Jennifer Matthews: In traditional acupuncture, needles are manipulated by hand to elicit a response. Now, doctors use electrical stimulation to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. Joy Berman: I have less pain. I don't have that much pain when I'm walking. Sometimes I feel almost normal. Jennifer Matthews: Patients like Joy keep Dr. Lao inspired. Dr. Lixing Lao: My favorite part is that the patient comes back and says I feel better. This makes me very happy. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.