Acupuncture is a technique as Alternative Medicine Wilton Manors for relieving pain or improving the function of various parts of the body. Simply by inserting very thin needles at certain points discovered empirically by the ancient Chinese. These are called “acupuncture points” and may be quite a distance from the part of the body being treated.
Alternatives inch toward mainstream
by TOM STIEGHORST
Alternative Medicine Wilton Manors
Six years ago, Marie Kerr smashed her elbow into the guardrail of a boat off Hillsboro Inlet as she went over the side on a dive trip. She screamed in pain.
In seeking treatment, Kerr met with four doctors and had surgery on her damaged ulnar nerve, without much effect. “It just kept getting worse and worse,” she said.
Last fall, Kerr decided to try acupuncture despite an aversion to needless. She said daily use of the ancient Chinese medical technique has her functioning again.
“It’s just totally amazing to me, ” she said. “If I had had this beforehand, I wouldn’t have had the surgery. I wouldn’t have been out of commission for six years”
Increasingly, Americans are turning to alternative medical therapies to cure what ails them. They are drinking herbal teas, having needles poked through their skin, submitting to chiropractic manipulations and using the mind to heal the body.
In a study published in January in The New England Journal of Medicine, a group of doctors concluded that one in three Americans had used some type of unconventional therapy in the past year.
Altogether, Americans paid 425 million visits to providers of such therapy and spent $13.7 billion. About 75 percent out of their own pockets, the study said. It concluded that alternative remedies are a hidden factor in the $752 billion U.S. health-care industry.
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In 1972, Dr. Lee opened the first U.S. acupuncture clinic known as the “Washington Acupuncture Center” in Washington, D.C., and has practiced in and directed three clinics now located on the east coast of Florida since 1976.
From 1973 to 1975, he sponsored and conducted acupuncture research for rheumatoid arthritis jointly with the George Washington University Medical School. Also in 1973, he opened and taught an intensive acupuncture training program for the nations M.D. and D.O.’s at his clinic.
Through the years, Dr. Lee has been in frequent demand as a lecturer for medical organizations, schools, associations, and clubs, and has made numerous national and local radio and T.V. talk show appearances.
Acupuncturist of the Year – Alternative Medicine Wilton Manors:
In appreciation for his contributions to acupuncture in the United States, he received the first national “Acupuncturist of the Year” Award for 1983-1984 from the Center for Chinese Medicine in California.
Dr. Lee served three terms as a Florida Acupuncture License Examiner and two years as Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee of the Florida State Acupuncture Association. He is past President of the Florida Acupuncture Association.
Acupuncture, the Chinese art of sticking needles into the skin at specific points to cure pain and disease. Also, its is becoming more established.
Acupuncture first gained a foothold in the United States in the early 1970’s, after President Nixon re-established trade relations with China, said Dr. Yao Wu Lee, who has four offices in South Florida.
Lee said that at first acupuncture was banned by state legislators who considered it a hoax. Today, nearly every state licenses acupuncture, including Florida which has 334 licensed acupuncturists.
“The reason why acupuncture has become popular in so short a time is that it works. It has a benefit,” said Lee. “Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself.”
Lee said he sees about 30 patients a day. He said 1 percent of his patients are Chinese or Asian, and about 20 percent are referred from other physicians.
Florida’s acupuncture community has grown by 81 percent. Since 1986-87 according to the Florida Department of Professional Regulation, which licenses health professionals.
Alternative Medicine Coral Springs gives acupuncture treatment on every disease.