Accupuncture Essay

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Nichols i Outline A. Define acupuncture B. History C. Overview D. Thesis Statement: Acupuncture requires much training, treats many common pains/diseases, and is a nice alternative to western medicine. II. Acupuncture in the United States III. Is it safe? A. FDA regulations IV. Treatment V. How it might work VI. What it treats VII. Training to become an acupuncturist Nichols ii VIII. Interview A. Jake Hulse IX. Pros and cons X. Conclusion Nichols 1 The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world as a traditional Chinese method that originated over 2,000 years ago. It became to be better known in the U.S. in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. Acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are manipulated by the hands or electrical stimulation. This particular medical procedure requires much training, treats many common pains/diseases, and is a nice alternative to western medicine.(NCCAM) In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown popularity in the United States. A report from the Consensus Development Nichols 2 Conference on Acupuncture (1997) stated that acupuncture is being “widely” practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners to relieve or prevent pain and other health conditions. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million adults had never used acupuncture and an estimated 2.1 million had used acupuncture in the previous year.(NCCAM) In 1996, the FDA approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed

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