Medical Acupuncture is the synthesis of Western Medical Science with Traditional Chinese Medicine practices. Traditional Chinese medicine, which developed the practice of acupuncture, was an ancient system that recognized that disease was due to imbalances in the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) that moves through everyone. Click here to check out the new study on menopause and acupuncture as seen on ABC NEWS.
Disruptions of Qi or “life energy” were recognized to be related to stress, poor diet, fatigue, and excessive heat or cold. By evaluating the physical appearance of the patient, the symptoms, time of the year, color of the tongue, and quality of the pulse, traditional acupuncturists inserted “hair-thin” needles into acupuncture “points”, located throughout the body, to balance the Qi and restore health.
Medical Acupuncture, as practiced by M.D. or D.O., has expanded on the traditional system by incorporating modern medical research into acupuncture practice. The result to date has been the validation of over 40 conditions, now recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), for which acupuncture may be beneficial.
Those conditions include abdominal pain, addiction control, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, migraine, hypertension, infertility, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, nausea, sciatica, smoking cessation, tinnitus and many others.
The result of this collaboration of East and West has been the development of Electro-Acupuncture, Battlefield Acupuncture, Osteo-Puncture, and Acupuncture Energetics (developed by Joseph Helm, M.D., UCLA School of Medicine). There continues to be ongoing research in Medical Acupuncture (Journal of Medical Acupuncture).
Martin Gallagher, MD, DC, ABOIM and Mark Gerold, MD are both graduates of the Helms Institute of Medical Acupuncture and licensed to practice Medical Acupuncture in Pa. Additionally, Martin Gallagher, MD, DC, ABOIM is a member of the faculty at West Virginia Department of Family Medicine (WVU School of Medicine) where he established the first medical acupuncture residency program for family medicine physicians. For additional information on the establishment of the program, click on the link WVU School of Medicine.
For more information, click here to visit the National Institutes of Health website concerning the positive effects of medical acupuncture.
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