Combing Acupuncture with Alternative and Western Medicine

Recently, we got curious at what health experts say about acupuncture. So we typed the word up in Google and immediately saw Dr Weil’s tag “What is Acupuncture? Benefits of Acupuncture”. Most of his information was informative and perfect for an introduction to the basics of acupuncture training and use. But one of his sentences stuck out.

The article says:

“Because acupuncture has so many positive effects on the body with minimal incidence of side effects, it is often considered in creating an integrative medicine treatment plan.” Many alternative healing modalities get lost in a fight against or for their medicine. It seems more important to let the public know how their healing philosophy is the best, rather than note that healing is a personal choice and what works for one individual may not work for another.

As acupuncturists who practice in a diverse population, we have learned that acupuncture works better when clients feel they can fully communicate their lifestyle, care, and medical choices without judgement. It is our job to help clients make clear choices that work for themselves, their health, and their life.

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services states that:

“… promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment.”

By allowing your acupuncturist to have full access to your health history and current complications, you may find symptoms easing that are not related to your primary complaint and treatment desire.

More and more we see clients who are referred to us by their Medical & Naturopathic Doctors, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Physical Therapists. Not only do we appreciate the trust that these practitioners are showing in acupuncture as a healing modality, but we extend the invitation to clients and doctors alike to work as an integrative team. To this end, our Acupuncturist Joe Rothstein EAMP has started regular referral meetings with Dr Robert Clarke DC from Health First Chiropractic here in Marysville. Dr Clarke and Joe have been working on developing specific parameters and protocols for when it is the right time to refer to each other's practices.

Dr Robert Clarke from Health First Chiropractic here in Marysville

We love Dr Weil’s approach, why not give it a try? With minimal side effects and low risk, a few Acupuncture treatments (or 12) may be an other possibility that you and your doctor can use to treat pain or symptoms that are just not getting better with standard care. Maybe trying something new can help.

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