What is Acupuncture & what is Oriental or Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Medicine are effective forms of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Medicine are the most widely used medical system treating most of the world’s population.

Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Oriental Medicine and Chinese Medicines include several therapies such as the application of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, Qi Gong exercises, meditation and life style changes to “treat” (provide supportive care to or palliative relief of) diseases, illness and/or disorders.

In California the terminology Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Medicine are interchangeable due to a mistake made 35 years ago. The licensure to practice acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Medicine was named ‘Acupuncture’. Hence an Acupuncturist in California has training and legal rights to also practice Oriental and Chinese Medicine. Yes it is confusing and it is an error made by the California State legislature a long time ago.

More importantly, the public is not aware that an Acupuncturist in California is a Primary Health Provider which places the same level of responsibility to a patient as that of a Medical Doctor. To full fill that responsibility an Acupuncturist has the legal right to order any laboratory test or exam to assess a patients condition. These are the same tests and exams that a Medical Doctor may order such as blood, urine, ultrasound, radiograph (x-ray), CT scan, and MRI.

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