Dr. Ngeow began his presentation with some facts about the increased interest in the use of acupuncture, noting that there has been a growing trend toward a more holistic approach to healthcare.
Dr. Ngeow cited a 1997 consensus statement in which an NIH (National Institutes of Health) panel of experts confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture in such diverse conditions as headaches, asthma, post-operative or post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, and drug addiction. Other treatable conditions included dental and post-operative pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, and back pain.
While it is possible for serious complications to occur, there have been relatively few reports of complications arising from acupuncture.
Dr. Ngeow stressed the importance of seeking an experienced, licensed acupuncturist. He offered that physicians and dentists require 300 hours of training, while non-physicians must complete 3,000 hours of training in order to receive a license to practice acupuncture in New York State.
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Summary by Suzan Fischbein, LCSW, Myositis Support Group Coordinator