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Southern Medical Journal:
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Acupuncture: A Clinical Review

Sierpina, Victor S. MD; Frenkel, Moshe A. MD

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Abstract

This article summarizes the research base, probable mechanism of actions, and clinical applications of acupuncture. It offers the clinician a deeper understanding of appropriate conditions for which acupuncture may be useful, outlines how to integrate acupuncture into a clinical practice, and describes referral and training issues.

Key Points

* Basic theories of acupuncture from both traditional and scientific perspectives are reviewed.

* The reader is provided with information about indications for acupuncture.

* The acupuncture encounter is described.

* Safety and efficacy data on acupuncture are reviewed.

* An algorithm for the referral process to acupuncture is provided.

© 2005 Southern Medical Association

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