Medical doctors practicing acupuncture bring to their patients a more holistic view of health and wellness, which we support. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, however, are complete systems of health and healing based on a completely different paradigm than the one that M.D.’s learn. While they spend years if not decades on their medical practice, they are only subject to 300 hours of study and training in acupuncture, 100 hours of which are required in a clinical setting. Acupuncturists in Florida, on the other hand, are required to complete 2700 hours of study and training, 600 hours of which are in clinical practice.
Needling in particular is a special skill that requires practice to perfect. More importantly, diagnostics and treatment protocols require a thorough understanding of this Eastern medical system. If you choose to see an M.D. for acupuncture, make sure that they have sufficient experience in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese to provide safe and effective treatment. If you have had unsuccessful treatments from a physician, we encourage you to try acupuncture again by a licensed acupuncturist.