Brandon's intake interview includes a comprehensive review of all symptoms and body systems from which we formulate an individualized treatment plan. Patients often remark that it is the first time a health practitioner has taken the time to listen to the “whole story.” Often essential clues for healing are discerned that have been missed by medical experts.
Treatment may include acupressure, moxibustion (warming of acupuncture points), acupuncture, and gua sha and tui na (techniques borrowed from the martial arts that help resolve pain in the muscles and fascia.)
Acupuncture is currently used by over 60% of the world’s population as a primary form of health care. It is the oldest continually practiced and recorded health system in the world.
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"Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials"
An Official World Health Organization report
lists the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
Healing Point Testimonials
TESTIMONIAL FROM AN ONCOLOGIST
"I feel lucky to have met the acupuncture team of Bridget and Brandon Hughes, licensed acupuncturists with Healing Point Acupuncture and Healing Arts. They have been treating my Radiation Oncology patients for almost 20 years now as part of an integrated approach to total wellness.
There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback about these two professionals. Not only do they help a large number of patients with conditions expected to respond to acupuncture, i.e., those associated with autonomic nervous system dysfunction, but many patients have noticed improvement in general well-being and a sense of calm after being treated.
This team’s value extends beyond their technical skills and well into the psychosocial. My patients have uniformly commented upon the willingness of Bridget and Brandon to truly listen to their stories, thereby lowering anxiety and improving understanding of the healing process.
After many patients had such positive experiences, I decided to try acupuncture with this team myself. I too have seen objective improvement in autonomic dysfunction (Raynaud’s and migraines) and general well being that I attribute to acupuncture.
I have worked with Brandon and Bridget for over thirteen years in various capacities. We have had many mutual patients and attended tumor conferences and committees together. They are professional and understand the integration of varied specialties, including medical oncology, surgical oncology, nutrition, physical therapy, massage therapy, psychology, social work, radiology, pathology, etc.
Several of my colleagues have opened their minds to the concept of acupuncture and are seeing positive results.
The compassionate and accepting approach Bridget and Brandon embrace puts patients at ease. They provide more than just acupuncture, they also function as counselors. I trust them to care for my most vulnerable patients and my family."
Jeanette A. Linder, M.D.
Chief of Radiation Oncology
The Top Ten Things I Learned From Brandon:
#10. Acupuncture doesn’t hurt!
#9. Find a spot to meditate
#8. Be aware of nature
#7. Rest and be still
#6. Everything is connected
#5. Don’t let your mind take you to the bad Disneyland
#4. Be calm to heal
#2. I am stronger than I thought I was
#1. I may have cancer, but it doesn’t have me.
"I HAVE BEEN AN ONCOLOGY NURSE FOR MANY YEARS and have spent many of those years trying to make the patients under my care more comfortable. Recently I have had the unfortunate experience of being a cancer patient myself. Dealing with the side effects of whole brain radiation and chemotherapy became too much for ordinary medications and I decided to seek out acupuncture.
I was introduced to Bridget Hughes, a licensed acupuncturist, to try to gain control of the intractable nausea that had plagued me for three months. Bridget, using her expertise, helped me overcome the nausea and gradually I began to approach a normal diet.
I want to recommend Bridget’s approach and utilization of Acupuncture. Her gentle spirit and kindness are a wonderful combination. As a healthcare provider I feel it is very important to remain open-minded about alternative approaches to care."
Jackie Barnum, R.N.
"I wanted my story to be about the people who mean the world to me. My dear old friends (and you all know who you are), my dear work friends, and my new friends—my awesome circle of caretakers, Maryland Oncology, Dr. Lee and Adam, my nurses (love you all), Denise, my champion, and the wonderful people who greet me each week when I walk in. Also Mary, the sweet volunteer who drives me to visits on behalf of the American Cancer Society, The Claudia Mayer Center, and especially Brandon Hughes, my acupuncturist, who has made me feel whole again. Healing Point is the best thing that has ever happened to me. With my faith, their continuous prayers and love, I will survive!"
Published in Women's Journal click here for the whole article
"If Bridget were one of the Seven Dwarfs she'd be Happy, and when you spend time with her, you can't help but feel that way too."
"I never would have thought that after trying shots to deaden the nerves in my back and getting no relief that I could leave here after one visit and feel so much better. I was amazed. The only reason I even considered coming was my neurologist recommended it. I'm telling all my friends that they need to do this!"
"In June of 2002 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Type B. My doctor was Dr. Koutrelakos at the Central Maryland Oncology Center. For the next six months I was subjected to eight rounds of chemotherapy. After that in early 2003 I had 15 rounds of radiation (minimal dose). This is where my trouble started. I had no taste and a very dry mouth.
Dr. Linder, the Radiation Oncologist at Central Maryland Oncology Center, recommended Ms. Bridget Hughes as an acupuncturist to relieve my dry mouth and restore my taste. My recovery was slow but steady. I noticed a distinct increase in my taste after each session.
According to Dr. Linder, I was an anomaly for having minimal radiation and not recovering taste and moisture in two months.
I am now 100% back in taste and 90% in mouth moisture and still receiving acupuncture treatment about once every 2-3 months.
As an engineer, I was very skeptical at first. But now I have no doubt that my recovery was the result of my acupuncture with Ms. Hughes."