Marta Martinez earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture.

Marta Martinez MAOM ’03 Appears on New England Public Radio

  • Marta Martinez, who earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in 2003, recently appeared on New England Public Radio to share insight into the field.

    Martinez, who received NESA’s Lifelong Learning Leadership Award upon graduation from NESA, serves as a licensed acupuncturist and director of the Stay in Touch Center in Florence, Massachusetts.

    She appeared on the show “Tertulia” and fielded questions from host Raquel Obregon on the history of acupuncture and oriental medicine, and shared insight into how patients of all backgrounds can benefit from the therapy.

    “I am celebrating my 20th year of being in practice,” stated Martinez on the program. “I want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of people who have trusted me in their care. It has been my honor to serve them, and I continue to learn about this great and wonderful medicine.”

    During the show, Martinez explained the history of acupuncture, starting with the very first text published on the topic. “The earliest book written in Chinese medicine, the foundations of this medicine, is called the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine,” said Martinez. “It was compiled around 300–200 BCE. This book is a dialogue between the Yellow Emperor and his physician. Basically, the book is about the Tao, which means ‘the way,’ and the method of maintaining harmony. What that entails, basically, is that the art of acupuncture, the practice of oriental medicine, is really a study of balance, a study of harmony.”

    When asked how long acupuncture has existed, Martinez pointed to one interesting archeological case that indicates ancient and geographically dispersed use of the therapy. In 1991, a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived between 3359 and 3105 BCE was discovered in the Ötztal Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy. “Otzi has tattoos that correspond to acupuncture points all over his body, so that makes acupuncture a 5,000-year-old medicine – that we know of,” said Martinez.

    Martinez shared insight into the variety of medical conditions that can be effectively treated through acupuncture. “The World Health Organization has published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions, and diseases that show the efficacy of acupuncture, and they include lower back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow, and a broad spectrum of pains,” said Martinez. “But they also include things like headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, morning sickness – and how about breach birth presentation or stroke? Side effects from chemo, allergies, and ulcers – and that’s just a few.”

    Martinez also explained the research on acupuncture and shared insight into the efficacy of the therapy on the program. “Some researchers say that acupuncture interrupts nerve messaging systems to the brain,” said Martinez. “For example, you have pain and you get an acupuncture treatment and suddenly your pain levels are reduced because of that interruption. Second, it’s said that it stimulates the production of narcotic-like substances that reduce pain, like endorphins – something your body naturally produces.”

    Click here to listen to the show.

    Interested in a future in acupuncture and oriental medicine? The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program prepares students for meaningful careers through 33 months of full-time study on the Worcester, MA, campus.