Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stay away from untrained acupuncture

A Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) will typically have about 3000 hours of training, 660 of which are supervised clinical practice.  MD"s can take a distance-learning course and become "certified" in 500 hours (although many states do not recognize that certification and do not allow them to practice".  Chiropractors can take 200 hours as part of their schooling and earn their own "certification" (and again many states do not recognize them as qualified and do not allow them to practice acupuncture).  Now physical therapists are "certifying" themselves in acupuncture with 27 hours of classroom instruction and NO supervised clinical practice.  They call it "Dry Needling" and claim it is not acupuncture but is like massage.  It is the insertion of acupuncture needles into acupuncture points  by untrained hands.  Beware and stay away. 

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