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Should chiropractors be allowed to practice acupuncture?
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Meridian Therapy (Acupuncture)
Information about the healing aspects of acupuncture trickled into the western
world through people like the Jesuits, having been missionaries in China.
They related the unusual response obtained in many health problems from
this unusual therapy described as the practice of inserting tiny metal or
bamboo needles into prescribed areas of the sick patientís skin. The introduction
of acupuncture to the western world was enhanced by Felix Mann, an English
physician who wrote the book, Acupuncture: Ancient Chinese Art of Healing.
Stimulation of points on the skin to cure health problems is not unique
to the Chinese. There are many examples of similar descriptions of health
care. The Bantu sometimes scratched certain parts of the body to cure disease.
In the treatment of sciatica, some Arabs cauterized a part of the ear with
a hot metal probe similar to stimulating points on the ear with needles
as in auriculotherapy. Some Eskimos practice simple acupuncture with sharp
stones. An isolated cannibalistic tribe in Brazil shot tiny arrows with
a blowpipe at certain parts of the body. The Ebers papyrus of 1550 B.C.,
one of the oldest and most important of the ancient Egyptian medical treatises,
refers to a book on the subject of muscles that would correspond to the
twelve meridians of acupuncture. Maybe there isnít much that is new.
Goodheart introduced acupuncture into applied kinesiology in 1966. It did
not gain the rapid acceptance by the AK practitioners that other new techniques
enjoyed, probably because the notion that a pin pricked in a part of the
body often far removed from the seat of disease can cure ills was alien
to conventional thinking. It is unfortunate that many doctors have refused
to believe the evidence of acupunctureís effectiveness, even when faced
with several former patients who have been cured by that method when other
efforts have proven fruitless.
Acupuncture deals with the energy called Chi or Qi, both pronounced "chee,"
which travels through meridians of the body. Along the meridians are points
that are stimulated, called acu-points. In applied kinesiology the term
"meridian therapy" is often used in place of acupuncture because the latter
term refers to stimulating the points by puncturing the skin, which is only
one method of stimulating acu-points. Treatment in meridian therapy is designed
to balance the energy between the meridians. The muscle-meridian association
helps to understand the balance of energy is necessary before attempting
to change it. The association of meridian energy with muscle strength or
weakness, as determined by muscle testing, adds a diagnostic capability
in addition to those methods practiced by the ancients.
Meridian therapy is an important treatment modality used in applied kinesiology.
Not only can the body be treated through the meridian system, examination
of the meridians gives diagnostic information for applying other forms of
treatment. As in ancient times, balancing the Chi of the meridians is combined
with structural manipulation, nutrition, neurologic correction, and other
therapeutic tools of applied kinesiology.
In classic Chinese acupuncture there are rules about how energy is transferred
between meridians by stimulating various acu-points. Application of these
rules supports the meridian-muscle association, muscle-organ association,
and accuracy of the ancient rules. For example, there is a description of
the interrelationship of the meridians called the five-element theory. In
the theory everything is related to five elements: fire, earth, metal, water
and wood, and the meridians are associated with one of the elements. The
characteristics of symptoms and signs of health problems indicate which
meridian(s) have excessive or deficient Chi (energy). For example a patient
who has excessive fear, grief or anger leads the physician to which meridians
have imbalanced Chi. The association of muscle weakness with a specific
meridian gives an additional dimension to the physicianís ability to read
The associated points of meridian therapy (acupuncture) may associate with
a spinal subluxation, or the subluxation may cause imbalance in the meridian
system. AK uses many unique examination techniques to evaluate the energy
balance of the meridian, as well as correlating with the ancient methods
of standard acupuncture.
Have only Asians responded with a loud "NO"?
YU NOT NO WAT YU SAY. YU GO HOM NOW!
This is a stupid question. Of course chiroractors should
practice acupuncture. They have been doing it longer than any other profession
in America. Patients should go to the people who have the longest track
record of great results and professionalism in the field, chiropractors.
Anyone with proper training should be able to practice acupuncture.
I've only had one disappointing acupuncture treatment from a chiropractor,
because I won't make that mistake again. Some may be able to successfully
use the power of TCM with little knowledge, but I believe the acupuncturists
with TCM training are completely more able to help people heal themselves.
do all "acupuncturists" needed to use slim needles?
No. You must go through many hours of training to be as successful
as a real acupuncturist. He took classes and studied to care for patients.
Chiropractors should only practice acupuncture if they choose to change
their occupation to an acupuncturist doctor. It is wrong for one to do two
jobs unless they are adroit at both positions. Doing more than one thing
is not caring for the patients' health, but caring for money. Learn the
philosophies of eastern Oriental medicine.
No. This poll is nonsense! Sneaky!
Dear Chiropra, We all read your mind! You think at least there were some
responses!,you will be satisfied with it?
Trying to create some issue this way?
Nothing to lose anyway????????
Are you interest in Oriental medicine?
You want to practice more Acupuncture than Chiromassage?
Are you giving up your identity of chiromassage practice ?
Take all the courses to meet Acupuncture and Oriental medicine practice
requirements, take an Exam, pass, and get license.
Actually, Allowing Acupuncturist to practice chiro practic will be much
much easier,because, Chiromassage(Acupressure) was inside of scope of Oriental
Medicine since long long time ago.
Chiropractors were the first to teach and perform acupuncture
research in the United States as well as practice the art. They recieve
great and reproducible results. Chiropractors have set the precedent in
the field. Chiropractors do not fall under the scrutiny of the NCCAOM because
they are the acupuncture testing body for clinical acupuncturists and not
the testing body for physicians. So weather or not the clinical acupuncturists
like it or not chiropractors will continue to practice acupuncture. They
really have no say in the matter.
No. My father is an acupuncturist doctor. He went through
many hours of training to be as successful as he is today. He took classes
and studied to care for patients. Chiropractors should only practice acupuncture
if they choose to change their occupation to an acupuncturist doctor. It
is wrong for one to do two jobs unless they are adroit at both positions.
Doing more than one thing is not caring for the patients' health, but caring
With proper training, examination, and licensing, anyone
can become qualified to practice acupuncture or chiropractic or surgery
or whatever. The current 4,500 hour chiropractic training programs do not
have room for training in acupuncture, and would have to be extended for
another year to include acupuncture. The fact is that chiropractors and
massage therapists make wonderful acupuncture practitioners, and vice versa,
since we all have significant training and have developed a "feel" for human
anatomy. Training to use acupuncture effectively and consistently to treat
neuromusculoskeletal pain should take about 800-1,000 hours for chiropractors
and massage therapists. Anything less provides only the rudimentary skills
needed to "experiment" or "play" with the technique, but probably not with
any consistent efficacy. I've always wanted to play with minor surgery too,
but have been informed that I am not qualified, and have learned to live
with it. Treating organic disease with acupuncture requires another level
of training altogether, such as following the World Health Organizations'
training guidelines of 2,500 hours.
are acupuncturists allowed to practice chiropractic?
not unless they pass go to chiro-college and pass
chiro-board exams. whyshould there be a double standard.
No. Even my 11-year-old son read this rediculous poll, and
also thinks it is nonsense! This question is nothing to argue about. Stay
with your own practice.
NO, The purpose of this Poll is to Show the Result of this
kind of Poll remains Yes always while Seeking any possible some back door
to get in. Go to Oriental Medicine School and finish ALL THE COURSES to
know first, and, to meet the qualifications for the EXAM., PASS the TEST,and
get Licence. WHAT KIND of Poll is this!
How about this Question! Should Massage therapists be
allowed to practice chiropractic?
Should SkinCare theraphists be
allowed to practice chiropractic?
NO and yes, Only when they meet all the mandatory course
requirements for the exam, pass the exam and get the Licence. Actually I
do not understand this kind of poll.
I was so sad after I read one of the yesterday Comenents, because of the
responses of others Opinion , Response was so babish, criticizing other
practitioner, mentioning " Uneducated ....,"
Tell your Opinion, Instead of getting mad, criticizing others.
Let me ask the Question this way!
Should Chiropractors be allowed to practice optomotry?
How about "Should Chiropractors be allowed to practice Dentistry.
Webmaster! are you belong to Chiropractic Practice!
If you want to show results(Comments)on your own way.
Edit your way , Make your way.
If I want to know Oreintal Medicine and want to be Oriental Medicine Practitioner,
I would go to College and Work hard, Know the Philosphies , and then you
need to make a decision which way you should go.
If acupuncturists tried to include chiropractic in their
scope of practice with 50 hours or even 300 hours training, the chiropractors
would oppose us and try to block this by every conceivable means, we wouldn't
have a chance. If we give our profession away others will be there to take
it. Most(not all)chiropractors don't even care about acupuncture, they just
want another modality to bill out and increase profits. If they really are
interested in acupuncture, they should go to acupuncture school just like
Maybe we should sue the NCCAOM for restraint of trade. In
the past the NCCAOM allowed DCs to sit ther exam and now they don't. Let's
explore the restraing of trade isues here and see what developes. If the
NCCAOM dosen't cut out this kind of garbarge about doctors not being allowed
to practice acupuncture, sue!
This question should not concern chiropractors because the
NCCAOM is not an overseeing body of the chiropractic/physician acupuncturists!
We as chiropractors who have been practicing acupuncture and utilizing herbal
formulas longer than any other profession have always guided the certification
of our own profession in these matters and we will continue to do so. We
educate, test and perform research now as we have in the past and will continue
to do so in the future. We acredit our own educational process on acupuncture
and are above and out of the reach of the NCCAOM. Let's keep it that way
by continuing to provide excellent training in acupuncture. Remember we
are physicians with 4800 hours of training even before we umdertake the
study of acupuncture and "TCMers" are not physicians and have only 2000
hours of education upon graduation. Their profession dosen't even know where
it stands on its own definition of TCM, CM, Asian Medicine, Oriental Medicine
or whatever they are trying to define. This is according to the "Task Force"
on acupuncture "brain" storming meetings that the NCCAOM runs. One thing
is for certain, we should never let the NCCAOM dictate what chiropractors
should or should not practice. Another thing for certain is that groups
like the ICA should be protecting the scope of chiropractic instead of going
against other DCs as they did in Rhode Island, which caused those doctors
to loose their right to practice acupuncture. I urge all members of the
ICA to give your leaders a kick in the rump for hurting other DCs. Exit
the ICA, which is a one sided organization and join the all inclusive ACA
where they don't mind if you are straight or mixer, just a chiropractor.
I agree with this most recent response; the question in itself
is nonsensical. Possibly AT just wants to put out a generic question that
will provoke lots of hits and emotion, to make their site appear to be active
Can chiropractors practice acupuncture??????
What the Hell kind of question is that?
Can women practice acupuncture?
Can blacks practice acupuncture?
Can dickheads practice acupuncture?
Why don't you tell me you prejudice pig.
I have been following the results of this poll for several
days. Yesterday there were about 4000 votes today there are about 750. What
a crock of shit this poll is. If you don't like the answer just "loss the
results" typical unethical, uneducated acupuncurist behavior !!!!!!!!!!!!!
When we, as acupuncturists, are allowed to perform chiropractic
manipulations--then by all means allow chiros to perform acupuncture. Until
then, the answer is no.
NO, Should acupunctists be allowed to practice chiropractic?
NO, should acupuncturists to practice chiropractic?
No, go to all the courses at the Oriental medical university
and take an exam and to get a lisence.
No, go to an Oriental medicine school and KNOW the philosophies!
Don't take the easy way out chiropractors!
No, take all courses for requirements and get a lisence.
Chiropractors meet the standards for acupuncture education
for physicians as set forth by the World Health Organizatin. The World Health
Organization recognizes that chiropractors are competant acupuncture practioners
and gives them the right to practice full scope acupuncture as recognized
by them under their physician requirement.
Any person should be allowed to practice acupuncture if
they go to an accreditated school for the time required to get a degree
and if they pass the boards. It is best when people feel the medicine within
their heart, rather than "adding" another modality to their practice just
to make more money. However, schools are not allowed to differentiate between
the reasons one chooses to enroll. So ultimately it is up to the patient
to decide which healthcare doctor fits their needs at any given time.
No....That is unless they have training in acupuncture and
herbs and can pass examinations establishing the minimum standards of competency
as set forth by the World health Organization.
Standard chiropractic training is insufficient for practitioners to fulfill
these minimum competency requirements. According to the WHO it would take
roughly 1,000 hours for the acupuncture component alone. Now, I could be
wrong but I don't think there are any chiropractic programs fulfilling these
However, a chiropractor who completes sufficient training [1,000 hours for
acupuncture and 1,000 for herbs] would have spent a sufficient amount of
time on the topic to ensure an entry level of competency. Any practitioner
fulfilling such minimums could easily gain public trust through moral competency
as well as the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to practice safely
The Chinese masters state that it takes more than 20 years
to learn pulse diagnosis and become a competant practioner utilizing this
method. No one else knows better than them when it comes to "TCM". According
to the Chinese masters the clinical acupuncturists need 16 more years of
training to become competant pulse diagnosticians and be even able to be
competant and safe enough to practice on the public.
Chiropractors are taught the full scope of TCM including
the use of herbs and acupuncture. They have the longest record of practicing
these methods in the United States. The Chiropractic profession should be
grandfathered into any new legislation to allow them to continue to practice
with acupuncture and herbs.
Absolutely! As the world can now see, the responses written
below from the acupuncture comunity are all based on emotion and not facts.
FACT, chiropractors have practiced acupuncture longer than any other profession
in America. FACT, chiropractors have taught acupuncture longer than any
other profession in America. FACT, chiropractors were the first to perform
and continue to do resaerch on acupuncture in America. FACT chiropractors
were the first to get legislation passed so that even acupuncturists could
practice acupuncture. FACT, chiropractors have the longest safety record
practicing acupuncture in America. FACT, it was a chiropractor who bailed
out the NCCAOM from bankruptcy with a personal loan that has never been
repaid. FACT, chiropractors are not trying to prevent acupuncturists from
practicing. FACT, chiropractors have great acupuncture training. FACT, chiropractors
will continue to practice acupuncture in America. Emotion is not science
but idle and useless talk. FACTS send a loud and clear message. The amount
of thought on the part of most of the no responses is evident. LEGISLATURES
TAKE NOTE. PROTECT THE RIGHT