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Over the years, I’ve heard the concern that acupuncture might interfere with people’s Christian beliefs, so I just wanted to give my thoughts on this topic. For most people it’s a passing question which quickly leaves, but for some, I can hear the pain and genuine deep struggle in their voice as they desperately seek a medicine which they feel can help them, but might interfere with their most profoundly held beliefs. In researching the...

What if Acupuncture was included in every insurance plan as part of “Essential Health Benefits”? From the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s (AAAOM) website: In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, a health insurance reform law intended to ensure access to quality and affordable health insurance for all Americans. Starting in 2014, most health plans will be required to offer a comprehensive package of items and services to patients, known as...

As an acupuncturist I am very interested in health and longevity…therefore, the year 2012 is an exciting time in the Chinese calendar! 2012 is the year of Dragon. Some people call it more specifically  a Black Dragon or Water Dragon year.  Either way, from a Feng Shui standpoint, the arrival of the year of the Dragon is most welcome, because it brings many possibilities for good fortune. The Dragon is the major symbol of good...

Today is AOM day!  AOM stands for Asian and Oriental Medicine, another term used to describe the group of modalities included in Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Asian bodywork, Qi Gong, and Chinese nutritional therapy.  AOM day is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the field of modern medicine. According to a survey by the National Center...

Over the past several years, several non-acupuncture professionals, including Physical Therapists (PT) have started performing the insertion of needles under the name of “dry needling”, or “trigger point dry needling” (TDN).  While it is basically performing a technique of acupuncture known as “ashi point” needling (or, needling a local point of sensitivity) it has been renamed and classified as not practicing acupuncture, and thus opening the flood gates for pretty much any medical person to...

It’s a great week in the world of Acupuncture in the United States, and particularly Colorado.  A bill just passed, and will be signed into legislation soon, that requires insurance companies that cover acupuncture to accept claims from real, licensed acupuncturists. Why this matters for both Acupuncturists and Patients Up until now, insurance companies could deny reimbursement to legitimate acupuncturists while accepting claims from medical doctors or chiropractors who are practicing so called “acupuncture”; which...

Right now, there is a huge problem withing the field of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Currently, many insurance companies cover acupuncture services, BUT ONLY IF ADMINISTERED BY AN M.D. Of course, this makes no sense at all, because MD’s are not required to have ANY acupuncture education at all, even though some do elect to go through a 100-300 hour program (compared to our often 3,500 hours) to learn “medical acupuncture”.  Medical acupuncture does not...

No one’s ever accused me of being a sportsfan. But when I saw the list of well-known athletes who openly discuss the success they’ve had with using acupuncture, I decided to be a good sport :-)  and do some more research.  Below are listed just a few of the many examples you can find of famous athletes who incorporate acupuncture into their therapy to stay healthy, recover from injuries, and just in general increase their...

  I became informed of the above advertisement for “medical acupuncture” while browsing the web for interesting articles to post to my blog. Medical “Acupuncture” The issue of medical acupuncture is becoming a bigger and bigger problem for patients and our profession as it still struggles to be accepted by the mainstream. Well, actually, we’re not struggling at all…it’s really the western medical world that is struggling to accept us while meanwhile we’re being overwhelmingly...