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Olympic Village’s Polyclinic Offers Full Range of Medical Services, Including Acupuncture

Located at each of the PyeongChang and Gangneung Olympic Villages, medical polyclinics boast a wealth of medical services, from orthopedics and pain management to physiotherapy and acupuncture. The polyclinics are open to anyone authorized to enter the Olympic Village. This is the first time that acupuncture will be made available in a Winter Olympics.

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Minneapolis VA Opens Healing Center

On December 12, 2017, the Minneapolis VA Medical Center (VAMC) celebrated the opening of the new Integrative Center for Health & Healing, offering acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, mindfulness meditation, yoga nidra, integrative nutrition, among other things.

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A New Venue for Providing Catalytic Global Communications to Promote Health and Healing

Global Advances in Health and Medicine (Global Advances) now serves as the official publication of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. The publications serves an as international forum to facilitate broader dialogue and collaboration among healthcare providers from various disciplines, and across diverse practice patterns, cultures, and industry fields.

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Amid Opioid Crisis, States Start Embracing Alternative Medicine

It isn’t news that the medical community is grappling with how to reduce dependence on prescription painkillers. As the opioid epidemic remains front and center, some places are experimenting with alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage and yoga. Oregon is pioneering the practice, mandating not only that insurance providers cover these therapies but also that they be given priority over prescriptions.

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Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic

In the wake of an opioid epidemic, acupuncturists in the US have issued a white paper recommending acupuncture as a primary non-pharmacologic method for pain relief and management.

“The United States is facing a national opioid epidemic and medical systems are in need of non-pharmacologic strategies that can be employed to decrease the public’s opioid dependence,” the white paper states. Official figures show opioid overdoses kill 91 Americans every single day and more than half of those deaths involve prescription opioids. “Acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to

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The Joint Commission mandates hospitals provide nonpharmacologic pain treatment

The Joint Commission (TJC), the largest U.S. accreditation body for health care facilities, announced a revision of hospital performance measures for pain management that included the requirement of providing nonpharmacologic pain treatment modalities, effective January 1, 2018. 

The specific standard (LD.04.03.13) is now a ‘scorable’ Element of Performance, meaning accredited facilities will be required to provide nonpharmacologic modalities for pain. 

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Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients

The world’s largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. The study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain.

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State acupuncturists celebrate new regulations

House Bill 165, was passed by the Legislature and signed last month by Gov. Matt Mead. It creates a board of acupuncture with five governor-appointed members and a mandate to approve license applications and create standards for licensed practitioners.

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Acupuncture becomes popular as battlefield pain treatment

STARS AND STRIPES: In 2013, agencies received $5.4 million from a DOD/VA medical-sharing initiatives to improve quality and cost savings at their facilities for a three-year project to develop and implement an education and training program in battlefield acupuncture to address concerns about over medication of service members.

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Getting Better

TED RADIO HOUR: “We expect a lot of our doctors, but they don’t always have the best tools to treat us. TED speakers explore new ways to think about disease, diagnosis, and the delicate art of healing.” Listen to the podcast

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The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 2)

The earliest Chinese reference to channels is in the Mawangdui Medical Manuscripts, which are dated to the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty (475 BC-221 AD). The text presents 11 channels.

There are no acupuncture points listed in those channels. The treatment methods are moxibustion and bloodletting; since there were no points, there is no acupuncture.

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