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The Facts:

Florida Statutes Chapter 457: Defines the practice of acupuncture as a form of primary healthcare and licenses acupuncturists as primary health care providers.

  • According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus statement, there is clear evidence that needle acupuncture treatment is effective.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has compliled a list of diseases effectively treated with acupuncture, including acute and chronic pain conditions. 

  • The adverse side effects of acupuncture are minimal and significantly lower then conventional treatments when performed by licensed Acupuncture professionals.

  • The US Army is using acupuncture on the battlefield and in their medical centers for pain relief and to treat Post Traumatic Stress.

  • Acupuncture is used in court systems and outpatient clinics for the treatment of addiction. It has been used at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx for 30 years and the Miami Drug Court for 20 years.

  • Government supported and private clinics utilize acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for substance abuse.

  • Numerous national publications such as Time, Life, Newsweek, and US News and World Report, have featured articles on acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which has caused an increase in public demand.

  • Acupuncture releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller) and increases blood circulation.

  • The FDA classifies acupuncture needles as class II (safe and effective) devices.

  • Numerous insurance companies cover acupuncture treatment. According to recent studies, acupuncture care is significantly less expensive than traditional health care procedures.

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