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I'm not going to get involved in this fight among alternative practitioners, but the struggle for scope of practice is continuous. Naturopathic medicine is in effect the natural health practitioners left behind when chiropractic gained wide acceptance and licensing. The history is ugly, with practitioners ganging up on and deserting each other, everybody seeking recognition and respect.

I am currently studying under a chiropractor who uses "dry needling". I also have shadowed several acupuncturists (who are also ND's) and from what I have seen, I could probably do some therapeutic needling myself, but I do not intend to do so. I will refer to a local acupuncturist when I believe that a condition will respond to needling, but not because I believe in the whole Chinese medicine system of channels and energy. I will do it because I believe in the science.

The OAAOM has filed a legal challenge in the Court of Appeals against the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners' rule OAR 811-015-0036 that chiropractors can perform "dry needling" with only 24 hours of education. An injunction to stay the rule until the legal challenge is heard (3-6 months) was also filed.

The Court of Appeals Appellate Commissioner issued a Stay Order dated July 29, 2011, which suspends the new rule until the issue is resolved by a full panel of judges after hearing a full presentation of the arguments.

Total legal cost is estimated at $30,000. We (OAAOM) are represented by Landye Bennett Blumstein with Thane Tienson as our lawyer.

*new tags: chiropractic, acupuncture


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Aug. 10th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Do you know of any studies that show acupuncture has more than a placebo effect? I haven't looked very hard, but so far I haven't seen any.

I did see this: http://thehealthyskeptic.org/chinese-medicine-demystified-part-v-a-closer-look-at-how-acupuncture-relieves-pain

which purports to explain how acupuncture would alleviate pain, but could just be specious story telling.
Aug. 10th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I don't have them handy but there are at least two studies that show that cAMP is elevated in the tissue surrounding a needle, suggesting that ATP is being used in the process of tissue metabolism and repair. The mechanism is still not completely understood, but there are enough clues to suggest that physiology is at play, not just energy channels. There are also many studies that show efficacy for specific conditions. Enough that I, as a diehard skeptic, am amenable to the use of needling. Because I do not intend to practice it, I am not hoarding printouts of the studies regarding it.
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