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According to the Mayo Foundation, over 15 million Americans have received acupuncture as an alternative way of healing pain and suffering. Acupuncture is being practiced by over nine thousand practitioners in all fifty states. KSMU's Joe Morgan spoke with a local chiropractor and acupuncturist and has more.
It's believed that acupuncture has been around for over 2,500 years. It stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine in which doctors believe the body needs to have a balance of Qi (chee) or energy flowing through it to be able to function at its highest possible level. Acupuncture has been getting more popular over the past 20 years. Acupuncturist David Mullin offers his own explanation for why more people are receiving acupuncture.
According to the Mayo Foundation, the body has 20 major pathways that Qi flows through and there are 400 acupuncture points along those pathways where the Qi can be released or manipulated. Mullin explains this process.
Mullin says that he sees many people enter his office who are uncomfortable with the fact that needles will be stuck into their body. He explains that it's not as bad as they think.
Mullin is also a chiropractor and says that in his opinion some pain and discomfort is better solved by seeing a chiropractor. He describes this process.
Mullin says that even though these two approaches are considerably different, they work well together to achieve a maximum goal.
According to a recent study conducted by the Mayo Foundation, nearly 80 percent of acupuncture patients have reported good or excellent results. Increasingly, physicians see acupuncture and other natural approaches to healing as being complimentary to traditional medicine. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.