Welcome to the year 2000. The new millennium presents us with new opportunities and challenges in the field of Oriental medicine.
This profession is young, and today we see that acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners are growing, both in numbers and acceptance in the medical community, at lightning speed.We can also see, however, that the profession is still somewhat isolated because of geographical barriers and disparate state laws and regulations.
Every day, I get calls asking questions on a variety of subjects from CPT codes to job opportunities to ways one can see an acupuncturist in Buffalo. Not long ago, in fact, I talked with an acupuncturist in a southern state who has been offered opportunities in two hospitals to develop departments of complementary medicine. Numerous questions came to mind: Who should he call? What questions should he ask? What protocols should he follow?
This publication will be the first truly open forum in which licensed acupuncturists can find out what is happening, discuss issues, share information, talk about coordinating efforts, and learn about new developments in the profession. This information needs to be communicated to (and within) the profession in a timely manner. Current news and important information needs to reach you as soon as possible.
Acupuncture Today will also be the first open forum in which professionals may share their views even if they disagree with one another. To that end, we are instituting a feature known as "Point-Counterpoint" in which both sides of an issue can be presented evenly and honestly.