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Survey results show promise in acupuncture's success in population health management.
By Ruthann Russo
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
 
 
 
Acupuncture excluded from the list of alternative treatments.
By Shelly Bobbins
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
  
By Editorial Staff
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
 
 
 
By John Scott, DOM, Golden Flower Chinese Herbs, Bill Egloff, Crane Herb Company, Matthew Pike, Lhasa OMS and Barry Thorne, Golden Needle
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III to class II. "The classification regulation (21 CFR 880.5580) for solid, stainless steel, acupuncture needles requires that these class II devices must comply with special controls for single use labeling, prescription labeling, biocompatibility, and sterility."
  
By Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, LAc
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%. Also, when supporting IVF (in vitro fertilization) procedures, the addition of herbal medicine and acupuncture can double the success rate per procedure.
 
 
 
By Leslie Geary
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett. "Hospitals have staff acupuncturists and there is also more integration with other medical professionals."
By Douglas R. Briggs, DC, Dipl. Ac. (IAMA), DAAPM, EMT
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her. She had called her family doctor and been told it was sciatica and she already had a referral to a back surgeon – after all, a previous MRI had shown disc bulges.
By Neil Gumenick, MAc (UK), LAc, Dipl. Ac
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
By Kimberly Thompson, LAc
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
 
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