Acupuncture is a very old Chinese medical art. It is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body with the aim of relieving pain and for therapeutic purpose. There are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine that has also had through training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor or health professional may use one or the other approach, or a combination of both, to treat a dysfunction or illness.
How Medical acupuncture Evolved
Study of traditional Chinese Medicine takes lot of time. That is the reason Medical acupuncture was created for western practitioners who wants to use the techniques of acupuncture along with other medical approach. Medical acupuncture was created for medical doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. The person when learn about acupuncture is known as acupuncturists. The term alternative medicine is usually used in the modern western world encompasses any healing practice that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine. Acupuncture is considered to be one of such alternative medical technique. Medical acupuncture is an attempt by evidence-based medicine to understand the effects of acupuncture from a western, scientific perspective rather than within the paradigm of Chinese traditional medicine.
How Medical acupuncture different from Classical acupuncture
Medical acupuncture is a contemporary form of acupuncture that was developed by Medical Doctors in the western world. In medical acupuncture the traditional theory of points and meridians is either ignored altogether or is radically reinterpreted because there is supposedly no physically verifiable anatomical or histological basis for the existence of acupuncture points or meridians. Also in case of medical acupuncture the concepts of disease are derived from modern western pathology instead of Chinese medical theory which predates use of the scientific method. Lastly the medical acupuncture is understood to work via the western biomedical understanding.
World Health Organization (W.H.O.) recommendation
Following are the conditions for which Acupuncture is recommended by W.H.O.
There are two attempts at western medical explanation about the mechanism of acupuncture.