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MSN "news" page has a nice introduction to some things for which acupuncture is very effective.
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2016 is a renewal year for acupuncturists in Florida. That means we submit our continuing education from the last two years to the Florida Board of Acupuncture. To be licensed in Florida, one must pass five Board exams: Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, Point Location, Biomedicine, and Chinese Herbology after having completed a four year Masters level accredited graduate program. Our continuing education requires 21 hours of general education of our choice, plus laws and rules, medical errors, and biomedicine/labs training.
I see many cases of elbow, shoulder, hip and knee pain in my practice. While acupuncturists can't make a Western medical diagnosis, we treat the same injuries a Western medical practitioner would call 'tendinitis.' Here are some of the standard procedures I've found helpful.
Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation are useful during the acute stage of injury.
After the first two or three days, start trying to alternate heat and ice. If the injury is elbow to hand or knee to foot, fill one tub with 120oF water and one with ice cubes and water. Soak in the hot tub two minutes, ice tub 1-2 minutes and repeat 5 times. After this Contrast Therapy is a good time to stretch. Alternating heat and cold helps to strongly flush toxins out of the tissues while decreasing inflammation.
Topical application of herbs also helps keep the therapeutic effect long lasting. Chinese liniment or patches are often the secret weapon to combat lasting pain and discomfort.
The following research on NSAIDS supports my empirical observations in practice.
June 06, 2011 | PainBy Deepak S. Patel, MD and Brian A.adrian, MD, PhD
ABSTRACT: Many physicians consider NSAIDs to be the medication of choice for managing musculoskeletal pain and injury. However, studies have questioned their value in the healing process of bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries and their use carries the risk of potentially serious adverse effects. Animal and human studies have linked NSAID use to poor fracture healing. There appears to be little role for NSAIDs in tendinopathy outside of initial symptomatic pain relief. Animal studies provide conflicting evidence of efficacy in ligament injury, but human trials suggest that short courses may be of benefit in acute injury. Experimental animal models mostly demonstrate no effect on muscle healing or a reduction in muscle strength. Alternatives for analgesia in musculoskeletal injuries include acetaminophen, opiate-containing medication, and topical preparations. (J Musculoskel Med. 2011;28:207-212)
- See more at: http://www.rheumatologynetwork.com/articles/do-nsaids-impair-healing-musculoskeletal-injuries#sthash.JX6st5KA.dpuf
Research overwhelmingly indicates that acupuncture can be helpful at all stages of prevention and healing.
In other new, sitting in a hot tub reduces anxiety.
I don't mind the moniker CAM. It stands for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. I like to imagine the work I do complements the other care people engage in. I like to believe it is a critical alternative to some of the standard medical practices most of us have engaged in.
While insurance covers a portion of almost all care and medicines from our Western Medical Doctors, CAM is another story. Insurance covers acupuncture, if your insurance company covers it. Call them and find out. If your insurance company doesn't, ask them to change their policy. If they do, thank them. Every insurance company has different policies; some cover CAM and some don't.
I feel strongly that access to quality health care should not depend on economic status. That is why I set aside 20% of my patient hours for community clinic. If receiving treatment helps you "feel and function better" and it is a financial hardship, let me know.
Doctor of Oriental Medicine & Licensed Acupuncturist