The Oslo Times is highly honored and privileged to have an interview with Mr. Ole Jørgen Frydenlund Acupuncturist
The Oslo Times is highly honored and privileged to have an interview with Mr. Ole Jørgen Frydenlund Acupuncturist. I am humbled that you share your precious time with The Oslo Times.
I shall be equally glad if you could please answer the following questions.
⦁ Acupuncture is quite popular across the world and Balderklinikken (Balder Clinic) is quite known in Norway. Could you please explain what acupuncture is all about and what motivated you to start up an acupuncture career?
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has roots that date back 1000 years before BC. Acu means needle and puncture going thru. Acupuncture is about helping the mind and body to obtain balance or harmony if you will. This balance in turn ensures better health.
I have always wanted to help people and I have had a fascination for Asian culture. Personally I’d rather not take pills for every ailment. I felt there had to be other options and studied acupuncture.
⦁ It is widely believed that acupuncture aids in reducing stress, pain relief and even can cure chronic diseases like cancer. Could you share your view on it and do you think it really helps in preventing chronic diseases?
Acupuncture studies have shown that it has good effect in relation to pain relief, stress, chronic urinary infections in women, nausea, low to moderate high blood pressure and depression/anxiety disorders. In regards to curing cancer; I feel that this statement is incorrect. As acupuncturists we can assist or support these patients by treating some of their symptoms incurred from chemotherapy and or radiation treatments. It is important to stress the fact that acupuncture is a complimentary form of treatment for these patients. We do not treat the cancer in itself. So as a clinic we recommend that they do the treatment set up by their physician or hospital. We can give them support while they are undergoing treatment and afterward.
I really believe acupuncture can help many problems and prevent people from acquiring chronic ailments.
⦁ Since the process of acupuncture involves injecting needles, can you please explain to us how it works exactly and what are its health benefits? Can you tell us about the medical conditions for which acupuncture is advised and will it cure the condition?
When you penetrate needles thru the skin many physiological processes are sat in motion. First of all it increases blood circulation locally and generally in your body; that means an increase of warmth and nourishment to the muscles, tendons and other organs.
Theoretically in western Medicine acupuncture regulates sympathetic (SNS) and the parasympathetic (PNS) nerve systems. This contributes to stress reduction plus giving you a feeling of energy if you are tired. Acupuncture increases the levels of B-endorphins, a hormone you commonly find in various forms of pain relief medicines. Often there is an increase in the levels of Serotonin, a hormone that regulates the limbic system; which in turn has a positive impact on a person’s mood, humor or state of mind. This hormone or derivatives thereof is found in some anti-depressive medicine (SSRI). There are still things that we don’t know about acupuncture and how it works. So hopefully we can raise more funds to finance studies and develop a better understanding of how acupuncture works in regard to Western Medicine. To tell anyone that we can cure them is not correct. We can help a lot of people, but it depends on the problem you have, duration, severity and the person’s general constitution. In my experience sometimes you can cure people that have had migraines for 20 years, and sometimes you can’t get rid of a simple tendinitis. So it depends on the patient’s problem, underlying conditions, general health, and of course the practitioner. I personally have good experience helping people with pain syndromes, muscle skeletal disorders, men with prostate problems, eyes disorders, menstrual disorders, children with colic pain and other maladies.
⦁ Are there any contraindications for acupuncture?
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that acupuncture is a regulating form of therapy, so there are few contraindications.
Acupuncturists should not treat cancer, pregnant women that have complications during their pregnancy, patients with severe bleeding disorders, severe mental diagnoses, difficult infections that don’t respond well to acupuncture or ailments that really require surgery. WHO finishes by stating that indications and contraindications for acupuncture use varies depending on the experience and education of the practitioner.
⦁ How many acupuncture treatments do you recommend?
The number of treatments relies on the type of ailment, is it acute/chronic, and is it superficial/deep rooted and the person’s constitution. What is the patient’s age, general health, and daily situation? Is there a stable environment at home and work; are they motivated to get better?
Usually it is easier to obtain better results in acute and superficial problems (tendonitis for ex.) than chronic or deeper lying patterns. So in an acute situation perhaps 2-4 treatments; in chronic cases you should treat 10 times and do a summation of the development. Sometimes more treatments are required. Many like to come back once a month to do checkup and treatment as a precaution. They wish to keep their general good health.
⦁ How many patients within Norway and from other countries visit you for acupuncture on average and what has been your success rate in treating your patients?
Most of the patients I see for acupuncture come from the nearby area here in Oslo. Some travel up to two hours to come for treatment. If a patient has a long travel we will recommend another acupuncturist living in their area. The physicians at the clinic have patients from all over Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I would say that 80 % are getting better from the problems they came with.
⦁ How do you see the demand and awareness in regards to acupuncture amongst Norwegian people?
Our acupuncture association, NAFO, states that 28% of the people who answered an opinion poll in 2012 had tried acupuncture that year. Of these, 53% said they were cured or better. Most of these people questioned had chronic problems. Though not recognized as part of our state health care system, acupuncture is widely used in private clinics, hospitals, pain clinics, rehabilitation centers and by midwives and physicians.
There are many acupuncturists in Oslo like other larger cities. Unfortunately there are other professions that use needles in trigger point treatments without a proper education in TCM and acupuncture. It is important that one always checks the practitioner’s background.
⦁ What are the essential requirements to become an acupuncturist?
In Norway we have bachelor degree program in acupuncture. If you are going to apply, you need to have a university degree already. If you have a degree in nursing, physical therapy, medical school you don’t need a foundation in Western medicine. You must be interested in working with people and Asian philosophy.
⦁ Is there any side-effect of acupuncture?
The most common side-effects are blue marks, tiredness and sometimes dizziness. Acupuncture has very few side-effects and is a safe way to treat people. It is important to go to a properly trained acupuncturist who knows what they are doing.
⦁ Do you have any message for the staff of The Oslo Times and for global readership of The Oslo Times?
Be good to yourself and think positive. Try to do only one thing at time. If choosing an acupuncturist, check our website www. Akupunktur.no.
Good Luck and stay healthy!
The following is a general, neutral overview of acupuncture. Our source is Wikipedia. We have made some modifications to Wikipedia’s text for the sake of clarity and brevity.
Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. In its classical form it is a characteristic component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has been categorized as a complimentary health approach. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Scientific investigation has not found any histological or physiological correlates for traditional Chinese concepts such as qi, meridians, and acupuncture points. Some contemporary practitioners use acupuncture without following the traditional Chinese approach and have abandoned the concepts of qi and meridians as pseudoscientific.
An overview of Cochrane Reviews found high quality evidence that suggests acupuncture is effective for some but not all kinds of pain. Acupuncture is generally safe when administered using Clean Needle Technique (CNT) but there is a low risk of adverse effects, which can be serious including death in extremely rare cases.