Episode 46

Should I Try Acupuncture? (with Angela Lorbeck DACM, MSTOM)

ACUPUNCTURE. Maybe you've tried it. Maybe you've thought about trying it. It's hard to know exactly where to go to get it. Lots of other questions arise too, like does it hurt? Does it work? What can it treat?

The practice of acupuncture has existed for close to 2,500 years, so there's gotta be good reasons for its use.

Thankfully, we have Angela Lorbeck, DACM, MSTOM with us to teach all about acupuncture and integrative medicine!

  • Dr. Lorbeck is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and an assistant professor at RUSH University Medical Center
  • She’s been in the field of Integrative Medicine at Rush for over 20 years.
  • Her passion is educating people about the evidence-based role of integrative medicine in patient-centered care
  • She is an accomplished educator/speaker and has contributed GREATLY to academic writing in the field of integrative medicine and acupuncture!

Topics in this episode include:

What are the origins of acupuncture?

How does it work?

How does someone become a licensed acupuncturist?

What research exists to support acupuncture? What conditions can it treat?

Does it hurt?

How long do you have to do it to see an effect?

Does insurance cover it?

How can you find a reputable acupuncturist?

Check out Dr. Lorbeck's professional profile at RUSH here!

The National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) website has tons of resources about acupuncture and integrative medicine too :)

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Jeremy Alland

Dr. Jeremy Alland is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, consistently top-10 nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago, IL. In addition to a busy clinical practice, he serves as the head primary care team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Dogs, as well as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire Soccer Club. An avid athlete, Dr. Alland played collegiate baseball for DePauw University before pursuing medicine and enjoys golfing, basketball and stand-up paddleboarding. He lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Katie, two children, Olive and Logan, and their goldendoodle, Archie. He never thought he would have a podcast, but has found it insanely fun and is excited to bring fun and approachability to the most common questions we hear as doctors.

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Julie Bruene

Dr. Julie (Julia if we’re being formal, Julia Rose if she’s in trouble) Bruene is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago. She serves as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and DePaul University. Aside from her obvious interests in sports and medicine, she is a true crime obsessive and is a total sucker for rescued cats. She lives in Chicago with her husband and partner-in-crime, Adam, and with several of the aforementioned rescued cats. We don’t need to get into specifics about the exact number here. She likes when people are kind to one another and when animals dress up like other animals. Rock over London, rock on Chicago.