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What Equipment Will DC's Need to Invest in to Practice Acupuncture?

The primary investment will be minimal. You can do as little as purchase some needles and alcohol swabs and a sharps disposal container. Other items such as microcurrent stimulators with leads and alligator clips can be helpful and are relatively inexpensive.

There are hundreds of distributors of acupuncture supplies all over the country, so shopping will be easy if you have internet access.

Benefits of Acupuncture

The World Health Organization ( SHO ) has determined ( through controlled trials ) that acupuncture is an effective treatment for over 40 diseases, symptoms or conditions. Another 70 conditions are currently being studied, with all showing some therapeutic improvements to date. Some of the conditions that respond to acupuncture include:

  • Lungs: Some bronchial asthmas, coughs & colds ( acute and chronic ).

  • Ears, Nose, & Throat: Toothaches, pain from tooth extraction, earaches, sinus infection & inflammation, allergic rhinitis.

  • Vision Problems: Central retina and conjunctiva inflammation, near sightedness ( in children ), and some cataracts.

  • Stomach & Intestines: Digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria, ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease.

  • Pain: Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain, migraines, sciatica, facial pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, and many others.

  • Gynecological & Sexual Problems: Painful periods, PMS, absent or irregular periods, infertility, male sexual dysfunction ( non-organic ).

  • Pregnancy Issues: Malposition of fetus ( Breech-baby ), prolonged or delayed labor, morning sickness, problems with lactation.

  • Nausea: Infection, chemotherapy or pregnancy related.

  • Emotional: Depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress.

  • Others: Fever, sore throats, acne, Bell's Palsey, fibromyalgia, etc.

Every practicing doctor can give his/her own list of conditions that respond to acupuncture, and many of those conditions will not be on the list I have presented. This is a good thing because it shows that there are many conditions that even though not yet listed on those by WHO, still have great value in treating our patients.

Many chiropractors choose to limit their acupuncture to musculoskeletal and neurological problems when adding acupuncture to their protocols, but many times it is necessary to treat other issues in addition to musculoskeletal conditions simply because they are caused by those problems. Example: Viscero-somatic reflexes. So, in order to treat many patients, we must treat the whole person in order to improve the patient's musculoskeletal problems.

The bottom line is that if modern chiropractors wish to expand their scope of practice, attract new patients, get better than average results..... and earn more income, they do not have to add pharmaceuticals and medical procedures to their practices to accomplish this. They need only to study this wonderful and beneficial procedure and add it to their practices.

James Copeland, DC, FIAMA, graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College , KC in 1977. He has studied and practiced acupuncture since 1996. He practices in St. Louis, Missouri.

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