Updated: Oct 18, 2018
Acupuncture originated in China as a form of surgery practiced by physicians and taught by scholars. It was first depicted in The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine written around 300 BC.
Historically, nine types of surgical needles were used to perform acupuncture. Of these, the filiform needle is most commonly used today. In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designated the filiform needle as a Class II medical device for the delivery of acupuncture.
Millions of research dollars have been spent at prestigious universities around the world to understand the mechanism of action produced by acupuncture.
The Science. Acupuncture stimulates the neural pathways of the spinal cord, releases natural opioids, and releases or regulates biochemicals. Recent findings also suggest that acupuncture mediates the release of mesenchymal stem cells known to enhance tissue repair, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
The Medical Experts
Nationally board certified and State Licensed Acupuncturists receive 3 to 6 years of graduate training in both Biomedicine and Acupuncture. They use medical history, palpation, diagnostic labs/imaging, and physical examination to determine an effective treatment strategy.
Acupuncture can provide symptom relief within one treatment, but for lasting results Doctor K recommends scheduling four to six. Patients enjoy a faster recovery when they schedule twice a week.
Chronic conditions may take longer to heal. Acupuncture can correct years of physiological dysfunction, but it takes time. Reassessment occurs around the sixth treatment to determine success and clinical effectiveness.
If someone tells you acupuncture doesn't work, ask them how many treatments they've had... and, the professional credentials of their provider.
Acupuncture is not a magic pill. It provides real symptom relief by triggering the body's natural ability to heal. It begins to work within one treatment, but results are cumulative. You typically need more than one.
All practitioners are not trained equally.
Physicians and chiropractors are required to complete 100 to 300 hours of standardized training. Dry Needling or Intramuscular therapy is unregulated in most States and providers have around 25 hours of training. Acupuncturists are the leading experts with over 1300 hours of training and supervised clinical hours.
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