Medical acupuncture is the integration of classical Chinese acupuncture with the knowledge of Western medicine. This style is derived from the 2000 year old tradition of acupuncture practiced in China and Japan. Medical acupuncturists incorporate techniques developed by Western physicians over the past century, utilizing an ever expanding knowledge base from modern research about human anatomy and physiology. The practice continues to be refined as evidence-based medical research expands.
For additional information, I highly recommend the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. The article “Doctor, What’s This Acupuncture All About?” goes into even more detail about the style of acupuncture that I practice.
In a recent journal article, it's clear that family physicians who incorporate acupuncture into their medical practices prescribe fewer opiates, and offer a wider approach to comprehensive care.
"What a joy to have someone that I could communicate with, who took the time with me to treat me as a whole person and not just a set of symptoms."