Complementary and Alternative Medicine

CAM in Demand | A Tool and a Treatment | How does acupuncture work? | Fast Facts | What is it used for?

CAM in Demand

2007 NIH NCCAM survey shows that the American public wants hospitals to offer more than conventional allopathic health care and integrate CAM therapies into the care they already receive in the hospital.

The demand for CAM services is significant- people are willing to pay for it even without insurance coverage. In 2007, the U.S. spent $36–47 billion on all CAM products and services and approximately $12–19 billion on CAM providers.

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A Tool and a Treatment

Acupuncture is anon-chemical, proven adjunctive treatment option that enables the possibility and supports the efficacy of other treatments.

Acupuncture is an attractive option for patient rehabilitation because it does not involve long-term administration of medications, and provides immediate, tangible results.

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How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a system based on body energetics that focuses on balancing the body by smoothing the flow of energy through the body’s energy channels. There are many different styles of acupuncture. They vary in background as well as in intensity of stimulation. Some different styles include five-element acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style and Japanese acupuncture

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Fast Facts

  • Acupuncture can be used as a complementary method of treatment, supporting your facility’s current medical treatment or providing additional options and solutions for patient care.
  • Acupuncture is the oldest comprehensive medical system recorded, dating back 2500 years, and is currently used by ¼ of the world’s population
  • Affordable, non-chemical, comprehensive treatment
  • Minimal side effect profile, especially compared to pharmaceuticals

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What is it used for?

The efficacy of the acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization for over 40 common disorders:

chart of disorders treatable by acupuncture




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