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Poll Results for the following Question:

If you could add one therapy to your state's existing scope of practice for acupuncturists, what would it be?

Results:

Diagnostic tests
31.5%
Herbs
21.3%
Lifestyle counseling
7.1%
Manipulation (tui na)
11.2%
Oriental massage
7.1%
Therapeutic exercise
7.6%
Other
14.2%

Total Respondents: 197

Comments:

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Anonymous
Diagnostic tests 

eyes_eyes91@yahoo.com
Diagnostic tests want to know about diagnosis .to reach thr real cause of patient complain

Anonymous
Other Herbal Injection Therapy

Anonymous
Other Acupuncture Treatment

pawanstyle2010@rediffmail.com
Diagnostic tests what will be diagonosis of hemplegia?

Anonymous
 I am just taking a course on Practice Management to complement my medical billing training and have to do a business plan and work for the holistic school from which I am taking the course and want to continue working on the clerical end of the complementary therapy level and want to see the same advances the editor has mentioned as far as billing codes for acupuncture etc.

Anonymous
 I am just taking a course on Practice Management to complement my medical billing training and have to do a business plan and work for the holistic school from which I am taking the course and want to continue working on the clerical end of the complementary therapy level and want to see the same advances the editor has mentioned as far as billing codes for acupuncture etc.

Anonymous
Other The state probably wouldn't have to give permission for this but I think it would be useful for practioners of Chinese Medicine to learn to do muscle testing to determine if an herbal formula is right for the patient. The reason is that I have purchased several herbal formulas from Acupuncturists which upset my stomach or made it feel sore so I had to discontinue taking them. (I don't have any serious stomach condition but am very sensitive). I have also taken some Chinese herbs which work amazingly well so am convinced that they are great medicine when properly prescribed.
Carol in Tucson

Anonymous
Other injection therapy

manuel@haimacupuncture.com
Other Point Injection Therapy, this is a very important tool already considered as part of the therapeutic work of a Chinese Doctor. I have use it in myself and I can say is a very effective way to treat acupuncture points. I'm sure there is a lot of our patients that could benefit greatly. I hope we can get together to try to add this therapy to our scope of practice.

animal_lover_lts@yahoo.com
Oriental massage I wish my state had acupuncturist locally let alone ones that were covered by insurance.

Anonymous
Other tuning forks - acutone & acutonics may be able to help those who are opposed to/fear needling.

Anonymous
Other Injection therapy would be lovely (like New Mexico has; I'm in Calif.)

Anonymous
Other My second love (after TCM) is Homeopathy, so I would love to have this herbal medicine be clearly defined as in my scope of practice. (Already is vaguely by the fact that it is 'herbal medicine'). Already have herbs and diagnostic tests available to me in the state of Calif, and already use lifestyle counseling as a tool to regain health.

Anonymous
Lifestyle counseling Dietary therapy is perhaps the most important modality to add.
Diagnostic tests are not a therapy. They are tools.

Anonymous
Other Lasers. They're the future, and I know many traditionalists get mad, but if we don't take up use of lasers, others will move in and push us out, and take all the credit.
John G.

Anonymous
Other Herbal Injections

Anonymous
Other I would like my scope of practice to include injections, namely vitamin B-12 injections.

How is ordering an x-ray, which is a diagnostic test, out of the scope of practice of a licensed acupuncturist? Ordering proper tests is not only good for accurate diagnosis of the patient but it also CYA!

More and more acupuncturists will end up losing their licenses my committing "acts of omission". That means they've omitted (or overlooked) a very important aspect of the patient's healthcare. Look it up in your malpractice contract. This is why national acupuncture training needs to come up to the level of first professional doctorate degree.

Anonymous
Herbs Many acupuncturists practice Chinese medicine the way they were taught regardless of what their scope of practice says. Here is a wake up call to all acupuncturists living and practicing in states without herbs in the scope of practice. If it is not specificed by law you run the very serious risk of not having it some day.

The single most important thing is an expanded scope of practice in all states to cover everything we are trained to do. Diagnositic tests second. Then more advanced techniques like point injections.

Anonymous
Diagnostic tests The ability to use and make or confirm a simple diagnosis should
include ordering of diagnostic testing.

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