Dr. Brandie Armijo on Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine

[♪♪♪] Hi, my name is Brandi Armillo, and I’m in Alternative, Complementary, and Integrative Health. It’s a specialty department that.


[♪♪♪] Hi, my name is Brandi Armillo, and I’m in Alternative,
Complementary, and Integrative Health. It’s a specialty department that we have
at Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. I do acupuncture, which is a unique world in itself. We get the opportunity to treat
mostly pain management patients. So they come to us from every possible
specialty, primary care,
as well as many other specialties. I treat a lot of chronic pain issues
like headaches and back pain, knee pain, neck pain,
wrists, pretty much any pain. We do see a lot of oncology patients, so I do get to treat cancer
patients with neuropathy, numbness and tingling, with nausea, sometimes headaches
from the treatments that they’re getting, just helping them
to feel holistically better. We do treat holistically
in our department, so we are treating from head to toe, even though chronic pain is
the main thing that we’re focusing on. I like to describe the way that we treat
is, we treat holistically but we have rivers
that flow through the body and when we have pain or a problem, there’s a dam in the river. And so the acupuncture
opens the river, gets things moving,
helps us to feel better. And with the neuropathy,
it’s a perfect example of that because they feel,
“wow, my toes! I can feel my toes! I couldn’t feel them
before I came in”. First thing is acupuncture does not hurt. That’s the number one question
that everyone walking in the door asks, “is it gonna hurt?” It doesn’t hurt. It’s not like blood draw, it’s not
like vaccinations, it’s not like IVs. Those are big gauge needles
that have a hole in the middle that push something in the body
or take something out of the body. The acupuncture needle
is literally the size of a hair. That’s tiny.
There’s no medicine on them, there’s nothing going in the body,
nothing coming out. The most important thing
that people always say is “oh, it didn’t hurt,
why did I wait so long?” [♪♪♪]

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