A couple of weeks ago, SCNM alumna Dr. Amy Duong appeared on a Good Morning America piece about one of her current patients, ESPN’s First Take co-host Molly Qerim. Molly suffers from endometriosis, a condition that affects more than 11 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 years old, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Endometriosis is a condition in which a layer of tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus ends up growing outside of it. This causes pain and menstrual issues. While there is no known cure, endometriosis can be managed with the proper treatment. On Good Morning America, Qerim stated that prior to seeing Dr. Duong she was on the medication Lupron to treat her endometriosis, but the side effects caused her to feel less herself – emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Due to the issues with this medication, Qerim decided to take a different approach to her pain from endometriosis. She turned to natural medicine to help ease her continuing discomfort. Over the past two years, Dr. Duong has been helping Qerim manage her symptoms as well as improve her overall lifestyle with acupuncture, stress management, supplementation, nutrition.
Dr. Duong explained how acupuncture is helping Molly in a live treatment on the segment. “The ones on her feet deal with the hormonal imbalances that she might have due to the endometriosis. And then, the ones on her stomach...that's for the pain.” Qerim continues to see Dr. Amy and appeared on Good Morning America to share her story and let other women suffering with the same condition know that they are not alone. She wanted them to know that there are doctors like Amy Duong who can help them manage endometriosis without the side effects of pharmaceuticals
Currently, Dr. Duong has her own private practice in Connecticut, where she sees patients with a wide variety of conditions. Her holistic approach to healing utilizes both traditional and conventional medical techniques. The majority of the people coming to her practice seek her help to treat skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. She believes in the human body’s inherent ability to heal itself and that it can thrive with the proper support and environment. She finds that diet, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, healthy thoughts, and the harmonious movement of energy throughout the body have done wonders for her patients.
We were thrilled to see Dr. Duong appear on national TV to inform the public about the effectiveness of naturopathic medicine. Many people simply are not yet aware of the power of naturopathic medicine, so educational work by NDs such as Dr. Duong is invaluable.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Amy Duong, visit her website here.