Acupuncture is a very old Chinese medical art. It is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body, for pain relief and therapeutic purposes. There are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is a term used by acupuncturists trained in Western medicine and licensed doctors to practice acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor or health practitioner may use one or the other approach, or a combination of both, to treat dysfunction or illness.
How Medical Acupuncture Developed
It takes a lot of time to study traditional Chinese medicine. This is why medical acupuncture was created for Western practitioners who wanted to use acupuncture techniques along with other medical approaches. Medical acupuncture was created for medical doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors and te osteopaths. When a person learns about acupuncture they are referred to as acupuncturists. The term alternative medicine is commonly used in the modern Western world, it includes any therapeutic practice that does not fall into the realm of traditional medicine. Acupuncture is considered to be one of such alternative medical techniques. Medical acupuncture is an attempt at evidence-based medicine to understand the effects of acupuncture from a Western, scientific point of view, rather than the Chinese traditional medicine.
How medical acupuncture differs from classical acupuncture
Medical acupuncture is a contemporary form of acupuncture developed by medical doctors in the Western world. The traditional principle of points and meridians in medical acupuncture is either ignored or radically redefined because there is no physically verifiable body or histological basis for the existence of acupuncture points or meridians. Even in the case of medical acupuncture the concepts of the disease have been taken from modern Western pathology rather than Chinese medical theory which predicts the use of scientific method. Finally medical acupuncture can be understood to work by Western biomedical understanding.
Recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)
The following are the conditions for which acupuncture is recommended by the WHO
There are two attempts at a Western medical explanation about the mechanism of acupuncture.