For 17 years, Dr. John Both, D.O., has witnessed firsthand the benefits of using acupuncture to treat a wide range of ailments. The family doctor and geriatrician opened his practice in Maumee in 1992 and added medical acupuncture to his patient services in 1996.
Dr. Both became interested in acupuncture while attending Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio.
“An alumnus came back and did an acupuncture seminar for the students, and that whetted my appetite,” said Dr. Both. “When I started my practice, I hired a medical assistant who had worked for an acupuncturist, who then became my mentor and helped me get started in acupuncture.”
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug-free alternative for treating many medical conditions.
“My favorite condition to treat is probably smoking cessation – we’ve had a lot of success with that,” said Dr. Both. “About three out of four people quit after a single treatment.”
Acupuncture is also effective for weight reduction.
“I had a recent patient who lost 10 pounds after the first treatment, and another patient with severe food cravings, which we were able to reduce,” said Dr. Both. “There are very few medications available that are both affordable and effective for weight loss.”
There’s an acupuncture treatment for anything, Dr. Both said, but it is most beneficial for problems involving pain or physiology.
“We’ve had a lot of success with headaches – particularly migraines,” said Dr. Both. “Any kind of acute or chronic pain, and even areas like allergies and asthma.”
Dr. Both has also used acupuncture to help patients suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, and even rarer conditions such as tinnitus and hearing loss.
Acupuncture has also proven to be an effective adjunctive treatment to offset the adverse side effects of cancer treatments.
“I wouldn’t recommend acupuncture for treating cancer itself, but it is effective in treating the side effects of cancer treatments, such as nausea, weight loss, vomiting and pain,” he said.
An allergy sufferer himself, Dr. Both also performs a lot of treatments for sinus flare-ups and seasonal allergies.
“Acupuncture has been around for 5,000 years,” he added. “It started in ancient China, and it’s practiced in almost every country today, and that’s because it’s so effective.”
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