Acupuncture hit the Today Show last week, for those of you that missed it. Matt Lauer looked pretty relaxed as he had a couple of needles inserted by acupuncturist Dr. Daniel Hsu. You can check out the video here. Dr. Hsu did a great job of explaining clearly how acupuncture works in your brain to stimulate your body’s natural pain killing chemicals.
The staff of the Today Show did their homework, citing the increase in the demand for acupuncture and other complementary therapies by the health consuming public. In addition, they referred to the fact that about half of the hospitals in a recent survey offered acupuncture, which is an important trend in the profession. As more people are demanding acupuncture and other complementary therapies, many hospitals are stepping up.
Thank you Matt, for saying up front that acupuncture doesn’t hurt—at all. And thank you for making the point that anyone can have acupuncture as a means of health promotion—you don’t need to be sick or in pain to have a session. And finally, thank you Matt, for coming out and saying that you’ve had acupuncture before for insomnia. You’re my hero.
On the down side of the show, the woman administering the infrared therapy on Jenna Bush’s feet should have made sure her machine was working before being on camera. And she should have been able to better describe what infrared therapy does (it is actually a light therapy that delivers therapeutic and penetrating heat deep into your body’s tissues).
And finally, inversion therapy? Really? This is nothing more than traction to elongate the spine. Nothing much new there except Natalie Morales hanging upside down like a bat.