With March Madness gearing up, it’s time for the basketball elite on all levels to step up and take charge on the court.
But, what happens when every step for a star player results in debilitating knee pain? Where do they turn for the relief they desperately need?
The answer may actually surprise you: acupuncture.
A widespread story relates how a famous American political journalist helped popularize acupuncture in the United States. In 1971, James Reston, a renowned columnist and editor at the New York Times, got a special visa to visit China, the first in that era given to an American journalist. Sometime during the trip, Reston felt a stab of pain, which turned out to indicate a case of appendicitis. Following successful surgery in China, Reston felt post-surgery discomfort. He was treated and relieved with acupuncture.
Integrative medicine is a term used to describe the combination of modern and alternative medicine in order to treat the whole person, not just the injury or the disease. By combining modern medicine and other healing practices from around the world, practitioners are able to more effectively relieve pain, reduce stress and maintain the overall well-being of the patient.