Chinese medicine has actually existed at least 5000 years (Acupuncture, Acupressure, Herbs, structural manipulation (Tui Na), Tai Qi, Qi Gong)
The circulatory system was described in China 4000 years before Europeans would do the same. They also fully understood the functions of the nervous and parasympathetic nervous systems
There are 8 Principles that are used in Chinese medicine to distinguish between and interpret data that is gathered in examination. They are: Excess/Deficiency, Internal/External, Cold/Hot, Yin/Yang
Observation of the tongue and reading three positions of the pulse on each wrist are two of the most important diagnostic tools used
In Chinese medicine, the Brain is called the “Sea of Marrow”
Qi (pronounced Chee / Chi) can be understood as a motive force associated with all processes that characterize living organisms. Qi and blood are interdependent
Books were written as long ago as 150AD and before, on topics such as herbal pharmacology, gynecology, children’s diseases, epidemics such as the plague, different types of fevers, and many other topics.
The emperor of agriculture whose true passion was the study of the inner organs of the human body and especially the study of herbal remedies, died in 2697 BC at the age 123.
Yin and Yang are interdependent and interpromoting. One cannot exist without the other. Life does not exist without both.
*A Public Service Message From Licensed Acupuncturists
Dear Patients and all Public Consumers,
It is important that you know the facts regarding a trend in Arizona (and across the country) that is being termed “Dry Needling” and being performed by Physical Therapists and some others.
Physical Therapists, in order to become licensed to practice, must attend an accredited Physical Therapy school. Their training does not in any way include acupuncture/Oriental Medicine.
These practitioners are doing a procedure that was named Dry Needling. They insert acupuncture needles into the skin to relieve pain. They haven’t a clue as to what else they are affecting. They are taught to say that it is a new western medical therapy.
Dry needling is an acupuncture technique. Acupuncture is a vital part of Oriental medicine, and acupuncture points have specific functions and effects. Acupuncture points and Trigger points (as referred to by PT’s) are over 90% identical points. The absurdity of the term ‘dry needling’ points to the very fact that acupuncture needles do not contain a substance– they are solid, they are dry.
*** DRY NEEDLING IS ACUPUNCTURE ***
Acupuncturists, in order to become licensed to practice in Arizona, must attend an accredited college of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for a minimum 1850 hours/3 years (most get far more than that). They must pass national exams / become nationally certified, then become licensed by the Arizona Acupuncture State Board of Examiners, by which they are then governed. The most important purpose of the State Board is to “protect the safety of the public”.
Physical Therapists (and some other health professions), attend a long weekend seminar on the so called Dry Needling and are then set loose to start sticking acupuncture needles into patients’ skin, and to bill insurance companies under the guise of one of their manual therapy codes.
It clearly appears that the Physical Therapy Board of Examiners is disregarding their duty to protect the public, they are supporting their licensees in practicing a medicine they are not qualified for or licensed to do, and they don’t care that fraudulent billing is occurring by the people they license.
BEWARE of health care professionals that are NOT licensed acupuncturists, who are advertising and treating patients by inserting acupuncture needles into the skin… and calling it ‘dry needling’, ‘dry acupuncture’, ‘intra-muscular therapy’ or other names. They are doing an acupuncture technique … they did not invent a new western medical therapy, as they claim. They are practicing Oriental Medicine after a weekend seminar and without a license. They are endangering the safety of the public and fraudulently billing insurance.
*** DRY NEEDLING IS ACUPUNCTURE ***
Find an acupuncturist via: http://www.azacupunctureboard.us/