An acupuncturist is a healthcare professional who practices acupuncture, the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. American practices of acupuncture use medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea and other countries. In the United States, the best-known type involves putting hair-thin, metallic needles in your skin.
Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don't fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body's pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.
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- Acupuncture Association of Colorado
- Overview of acupuncture, frequently asked questions and regulation information.
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Information about certification and general acupuncture resources.
- American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- This association's mission is to promote excellence and integrity in the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in order to enhance public health and well-being. Includes an acupuncturist lookup tool.
- American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
- The purpose of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is to promote the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby synthesize a more comprehensive approach to healthcare.
- The resources on this site include a listing of various medical conditions and how they may be helped by Oriental medicine, information about herbal remedies, and state-by-state listing of regulatory agencies for acupuncture certification.