Acupuncture is worth a try for chronic pain

Acupuncture is worth a try for chronic pain.

Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. But when they don’t, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/acupuncture-is-worth-a-try-for-chronic-pain-201304016042

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Celebrate National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day on Oct 24th!

Oriental medicine is a comprehensive health care system encompassing a variety of traditional health care therapies that have
prevent disease and improve well-being. Acupuncture is one of the essential elements of Oriental medicine. Other elements include Chinese herbology, bodywork (e.g., acupressure, shiatsu), diet and exercise (e.g., tai chi, qi gong) based on traditional medicinal principles.

It is estimated that as many as 43% of Americans have used or are currently using some form of complementary or alternative therapy such as acupuncture or Oriental Medicine.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, officially observed on October 24, is part of an effort to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

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Know Your Acupuncturist

BENEFITS OF CHOOSING A LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST

Radiant woman receiving an acupuncture treatment

Put your care  in the hands of a professionally trained expert in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Did you know that Chiropractors are able to practice Acupuncture in the State of Arizona with only 100 hours of training? And what some call “Dry Needling” is practiced by Physical Therapists and others with as little as 24 hours of training. Make sure to choose your provider carefully. 

There is a very helpful info sheet posted by www.ccaom.org that can be downloaded to illustrate the different levels of education in acupuncture.

“Know Your Acupuncturist” http://www.ccaom.org/downloads/KnowYourAcupuncturist.pdf

In short:

Appreciate having a natural and gentle healthcare solution which has less side effects than many other healthcare options, but only when practiced by a Licensed Oriental Medicine practitioner.

To ensure proper training look for a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) who has obtained a degree/diploma from an ACAOM-accredited
college and has passed the national certification exams administered by the NCCAOM.