Dr. Peter Jun Wu brings to TIMM nearly fifteen years of clinical and research experience in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Currently engaged as a research scientist at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Wu works with a team investigating topics in human gene expression and oncology.
He is a licensed acupuncturist in the District of Columbia and has established a reputation for insightful and effective patient care, with specializations in: Cancer support, Cardiology, Pain alleviation, Smoking cessation, Allergies, Sinusitis, Fatigue, Immune System Deficiency, Menopause syndrome, Depression, Stress, Detoxification for Chemical Dependency, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Constipation, Stomach Problems, and Dizziness (Vertigo)
Ann Intern Med. 2004 Dec 21;141(12):901-10.
Effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunctive therapy in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, controlled trial.
Berman BM1, Lao L, Langenberg P, Lee WL, Gilpin AM, Hochberg MC.
- 1University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21207, USA.
Evidence on the efficacy of acupuncture for reducing the pain and dysfunction of osteoarthritis is equivocal.
To determine whether acupuncture provides greater pain relief and improved function compared with sham acupuncture or education in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
Randomized, controlled trial.
Two outpatient clinics (an integrative medicine facility and a rheumatology facility) located in academic teaching hospitals and 1 clinical trials facility.
570 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee (mean age [+/-SD], 65.5 +/- 8.4 years).
23 true acupuncture sessions over 26 weeks. Controls received 6 two-hour sessions over 12 weeks or 23 sham acupuncture sessions over 26 weeks.
Primary outcomes were changes in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain and function scores at 8 and 26 weeks. Secondary outcomes were patient global assessment, 6-minute walk distance, and physical health scores of the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36).
Participants in the true acupuncture group experienced greater improvement in WOMAC function scores than the sham acupuncture group at 8 weeks (mean difference, -2.9 [95% CI, -5.0 to -0.8]; P = 0.01) but not in WOMAC pain score (mean difference, -0.5 [CI, -1.2 to 0.2]; P = 0.18) or the patient global assessment (mean difference, 0.16 [CI, -0.02 to 0.34]; P > 0.2). At 26 weeks, the true acupuncture group experienced significantly greater improvement than the sham group in the WOMAC function score (mean difference, -2.5 [CI, -4.7 to -0.4]; P = 0.01), WOMAC pain score (mean difference, -0.87 [CI, -1.58 to -0.16];P = 0.003), and patient global assessment (mean difference, 0.26 [CI, 0.07 to 0.45]; P = 0.02).
At 26 weeks, 43% of the participants in the education group and 25% in each of the true and sham acupuncture groups were not available for analysis.
Acupuncture seems to provide improvement in function and pain relief as an adjunctive therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee when compared with credible sham acupuncture and education control groups.
Chinese medicine as a whole is based on the concept of balance, which is often seen symbolized by yin and yang. Acupuncture is based on the theory that we all have a vital energy called Qi, pronounced “chee”. This Qi flows throughout the body along meridians that connect all of our major organs, much like the nervous system. According to Chinese medical theory, when Qi is unbalanced or blocked, pain or disease develops. The insertion of very fine needles to acupuncture points improves energy flow, stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and mental well-being. It is very effective for pain relief, but it is also used to treat a wide variety of other medical conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed several conditions as treatable by acupuncture and Oriental medicine including:
• Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders
• Reproductive/Gynecological Conditions
• Respiratory System Illness
• Eye/Mouth Disorders
• Gastrointestinal Disorders
• Pain management and more
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