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Medical Bellvue Acupuncture Indicated for Certain Conditions

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For Hospital Credentialing, information is used to determine where Bellvue acupuncture privileges are considered. Pain which is of musculo-skeletal origin can respond to acupuncture treatment so dramatically and this modality is best known for its pain relief benefits than for any other indications.

Pain is also relatively easy to measure, and progress can be measured fairly simply. Due to these reasons, physicians train in Medical Acupuncture in order to treat musculo-skeletal pain conditions as one of their early applications of their newly developed skills. But in the hands of a more experienced physician who is well trained in Chinese medicine, pain control may be a common but by far not the only symptom treatable with Medical Acupuncture.

Acupuncture is incorporated as another modality in the collection of useful medical interventions. An example to consider would be about moderate allergic sinusitis which may be treated well with antihistamines and decongestants. If the condition is annoying to the patient that recurs often, or is poorly controlled with common medications it may require steroids and frequent antibiotics. In this case, acupuncture may be an excellent complement to routine care, often minimizing or altogether eliminating the need for medications, releasing the patient from continuous exacerbation-remission cycles. Another example would be a paralytic ileus, as a postoperative condition or perhaps due to a pelvic fracture. One could keep the patient NPO and on suction through a naso-gastric tube for as long as the ileus lasts.

Acupuncture can be used alongside with the above measures to help the patient regain bowel motility sooner, allowing for a speedier and more comfortable recovery. Asthma and chronic bronchospasm are other examples where the use of Medical Acupuncture reduces the required doses of bronchodilators, thus reducing unpleasant side effects and preventing a steroid dependent state. Diagnosis of underlying medical conditions should be established within the context of the state-of-the-art of medical care. Once diagnosis has been made and routine treatment measures are in progress. Medical Acupuncture, if appropriate, can be used as a complementary modality within the working allopathic framework.

The list below includes a number of medical conditions that have been found to respond effectively to Medical Acupuncture. This list is by no means exhaustive, and should serve as informational material and for guidelines purposes only. It should be called to your attention that certain drugs such as steroids (an equivalent to 20mg or more of prednisone), and some tranquilizers and antidepressants, longer-standing and more complex illnesses may require more sessions which an average of 6 to 8 treatments, depending on the patient’s general condition and type of problem. The Academy is available for any further information your Committee may require in regards to Medical Acupuncture and its use in a hospital setting.

  • Acute and chronic pain control
  • Posttraumatic and postoperative ileus
  • Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
  • Anxiety, fright, panic
  • Drug detoxification
  • Neuralgias (trigeminal , Herpes Zoster, post herpetic, other)
  • Seventh nerve palsy Sequelae of CVA’s (aphasia, hemiplegia)
  • Certain functional gastro-intestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel, etc.)
  • Headache, vertigo (Meniere’s), tinnitus
  • Phantom pain

Written by Valerie

December 11th, 2010 at 7:00 am