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Does%20Accupuncture%20Really%20Work - Does Accupuncture...

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Does Accupuncture Really Work? Parade Magazine By Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld Published: July 9, 2006 More than 8 million Americans at one time or another have turned to acupuncture therapy for relief from pain or other distress. Today, thousands of acupuncturists—as well as medical doctors, dentists and other health professionals who have learned this technique —are using it to treat everything from migraines to nausea, menstrual cramps to tennis elbow, asthma to addiction. In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration approved acupuncture needles for licensed practitioners, with the requirement that the needles be sterile, nontoxic and disposed of after a single use. The needles are hair-thin and introduced under the skin at one or more specific sites. When properly done under sterile conditions, acupuncture is safe and relatively painless. Some insurers reimburse for prescribed acupuncture—even though its effectiveness remains controversial and its presumed mechanism of action unclear. In my own practice, it has helped some patients but not others.
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