|Acupuncture principles are wideley used by modern medical practitioners.|
It has a place with individuals who, for diverse reasons, cannot
use pharmaceuticals and will go to great lengths to avoid surgery. The
essential difference between Western medicine and Traditional Chinese
medicine is that the former aims to treat the symptoms of a disease,
while the latter aims to diagnose the patterns of a disorder and treats
it by bringing the body into homeostasis (balance). The use of new
technology, based on the energy flow (qi) which runs through the
acupuncture channels, is widely used by modern medical practitioners.
Alternative medicine is becoming popular among patients and medical doctors. Physicians are recognizing the effectiveness of traditional medicine with their patients. Some medical doctors are incorporating Acupuncture in their practice. As a result, medical Acupuncture was created, which is practiced specifically by medical doctors. To be licensed in Acupuncture, MD's must have 300 hours of basic Acupuncture education.
Over 30,000 Chinese medicine doctors graduate annually from 50 institutes throughout Asia. In America there are about 8000 Acupuncturists.