Chinese Acupuncture Clinic • 750 Desoto Avenue, Brooksville, Florida 34601 • 352-799-4588
Introduction to Acupuncture
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. In the
United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from
China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part
of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other
Asian countries for thousands of years.
The term "acupuncture" describes a family of
procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body
using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been
most often studied
The report from a Consensus Development Conference
on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997
stated that acupuncture is being "widely" practiced—by thousands of
physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners—for relief
or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. According
to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a
comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, an estimated 3.1 million
U.S. adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous
year. Between the 2002 and 2007 NHIS, acupuncture use among adults
increased by approximately 1 million people.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring
that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards.
For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and
labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.
Although millions of Americans use acupuncture each
year, often for chronic pain, there has been considerable controversy
surrounding its value as a therapy and whether it is anything more than
placebo. Research exploring a number of possible mechanisms for
acupuncture’s pain-relieving effects is ongoing. Some recent NCCAM-supported
studies have looked at:
Health care providers can be a resource for referral
acupuncturists, and some conventional medical practitioners—including
physicians and dentists—practice acupuncture. In addition, national
During your first office visit, the practitioner may
ask you at length
about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner
will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and
Ask the practitioner about the estimated number of
and how much each treatment will cost. Some insurance companies may
cover the costs of acupuncture, while others may not. It is important
to check with your insurer before you start treatment to see whether
acupuncture is covered for your condition and, if so, to what extent.
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