Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine - Can They Help You?

Hosted by Jerrold A. Friedman, MD

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. Originating in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine which can be used together with or in place of conventional medicine. Acupuncture can be helpful by itself for some conditions, but it's also increasingly being used in conjunction with more conventional Western medical treatments. For example, doctors may combine acupuncture and drugs to control pain and nausea after surgery.

Can it help you?  For patients with osteoarthritis, muscle or nerve issues can sometimes be helped with a combination of conventional and complementary medicine treatments.

Jerrold A. Friedman, MD, in Cooper’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, uses manual medicine and acupuncture, along with other methods, in his treatment of patients with many musculoskeletal issues.  He is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Medical Acupuncture and has been a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture since 2001.  He received his medical degree from SUNY Syracuse, N.Y., completed his internship at Staten Island University Hospital, New York, N.Y., and his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.