Lawsuit Claims Getting Acupuncture At A Chiropractor Is A Public Health Threat

As explained in the plaintiff’s petition, the Texas Occupations Code governs the practice of both chiropractic medicine and acupuncture, spelling out regulations for the two fields in different chapters: Chapter 201 chiropractic clinic for chiropractic and Chapter 205 for acupuncture. Whether these regulations allow chiropractors to practice acupuncture has been a question debated in the Legislature and courtroom since the early 1990s, the petition stated. In 2005, in response to a legislative requirement, the chiropractic board adopted rules clarifying which activities are included in chiropractic practice. The rules authorized chiropractors to perform procedures involving needles, including acupuncture and needle electromyography (a technique for studying electrical activity of muscles). In response to a challenge from the Texas Medical Association, a district court invalidated several of the chiropractic board’s rules allowing needle use, and the Austin Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s judgment, according to the petition. The chiropractic board repealed rules related to needle electromyography but didn’t change the rule allowing needles for acupuncture. What it boils down to, the petition states, is the chiropractic board has defined incision in a way that allows chiropractors to use needles in procedures besides diagnostic blood draws, which is in direct disagreement with Chapter 201 on chiropractic practice. Acupuncturists licensed by the Acupuncture Board must complete at least 1,800 instructional hours and complete at least two terms of a resident course from a reputable school to become licensed, according to the petition. They must study relevant subjects, including bacteriology, meridian and point locations, hygiene and public health.
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Quality of acupuncture needles is less than perfect and must improve

In China, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, accounts for 40% of all medical treatment, while in the West, acupuncture is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies. An estimated 1.4 billion acupuncture needles are used each year worldwide, with China, Japan, and Korea the main suppliers. China provides up to 90% of the world’s needles. The growing popularity of acupuncture in recent decades has led to an increased focus on the safety and quality of this therapy, and adoption of single-use disposable needles has reduced the risk of infection. But a study of widely used acupuncture needles published a decade ago in AiM showed that several had surface irregularities or distorted points which could have led to allergic or painful reactions. Since then, there has been no further research in this area. A team of researchers in Australia therefore looked at the surface conditions and other physical properties of the two most commonly used stainless steel acupuncture needle brands. Scanning electron microscope images were taken of 10 randomly chosen needles from each brand, while further images were taken after each of these needles underwent a standard manipulation – the equivalent of using them on human skin – with an acupuncture needling practice gel. The researchers also compared forces and torques during the needling process. The images revealed significant surface irregularities and inconsistencies at the needle tips, especially for needles from one of the brands which had been manufactured in China. Metallic lumps and small, loosely attached pieces of material were observed on the surfaces of some needles. Some of this residue disappeared after the acupuncture manipulation.
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Quality of acupuncture needles needs to be uniform

Since then, there has been no further research in this area. A team of researchers in Australia therefore looked at the surface conditions and other physical properties of the two most commonly used stainless steel acupuncture needle brands. Scanning electron microscope images were taken of 10 randomly chosen needles from each brand, while further images were taken after each of these needles underwent a standard manipulation – the equivalent of using them on human skin – with an acupuncture needling practice gel. The researchers also compared forces and torques during the needling process. The images revealed significant surface irregularities and inconsistencies at the needle tips, especially for needles from one of the brands which had been manufactured in China.Metallic lumps and small, loosely attached pieces of material were observed on the surfaces of some needles. Some of this residue disappeared after the acupuncture manipulation. If these needles had been used on patients, the metallic residue could have been deposited in human tissues, potentially causing reactions, such as dermatitis, although these reactions are reported extremely rarely, say the authors. Malformed needle tips could also have caused other problems, including bleeding, bruising, or strong pain during needling, http://bayviewwellness.com/acupuncture/ which are quite common, they suggest. Acupuncture, overall, is very safe, but it should be made even safer, say the researchers. “Acupuncture needle manufacturers, including the well established ones, should review and improve their quality control procedures for fabrication of needles,” they conclude. In an accompanying podcast, Dr Mike Cummings, medical director of the British Medical Acupuncture Association and associate editor of the journal, comments that the pictures taken for the current study indicate that the needles “look as awful as they did 10 years ago.” He adds: “We don’t know if [this problem] is common to all needles, but it seems like it does happen with bayview sheppard chiropractic acupuncture needles.” But he emphasises that acupuncture is safe, pointing out that “It’s highly unlikely that [poor needle quality] will affect patient health.” If people experience pain during acupuncture, they should ask their practitioner to check on the quality of the needles they use, he advises. More News on: I agree to the terms and conditions Your comments are automatically posted once they are submitted. All comments are however constantly reviewed for spam and irrelevant material (such as product or personal advertisements, email addresses, telephone numbers and website address).
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A team of researchers in Australia looked at the surface conditions and other physical properties of the two most commonly used stainless steel acupuncture needle brands. The researchers also compared forces and torques during the needling process. The images revealed significant surface irregularities and inconsistencies at the needle tips, especially for needles from one of the brands which had been manufactured in China, said the research published online in Acupuncture in Medicine (AiM). Metallic lumps and small, loosely attached pieces of material were observed on the surfaces of some needles. Some of this residue disappeared after the acupuncture manipulation. If these needles had been used on patients, the metallic residue could have been deposited in human tissues, potentially causing reactions, such as dermatitis, although these reactions are reported extremely rarely, explained the authors. Malformed needle tips could also have caused other problems, including bleeding, bruising, or strong pain during needling, which are quite common, they suggest. Acupuncture, overall, is very safe, but it should be made even safer, say the researchers. Acupuncture needle manufacturers, including the well established ones, should review and improve their quality control procedures for fabrication of needles, they concluded. According to Mike Cummings, medical director of the British Medical Acupuncture Association and associate editor of the journal, acupuncture is safe and if people experience pain during acupuncture, they should ask their practitioner to check on the quality of the needles they use. An estimated 1.4 billion acupuncture needles are used each year worldwide, with China, Japan, and Korea the main suppliers.
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Beware of faulty acupuncture needles

14 February 2014 Quality of acupuncture needles needs to be uniform According to a study uniformly improving the quality of acupuncture needles would help prevent potential problems such as skin reactions and pain. What’s your signature smile? Uniformly improving the quality of acupuncture needles would help prevent potential problems such as skin reactions and pain , according to a new study. “Acupuncture needle manufacturers, including the well-established ones, should review and improve their quality-control procedures for fabrication of needles,” said researcher Yi Min Xie, of the Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Read: Acupuncture may help headaches Acupuncture, a centuries-old form of medicine that originated in China, involves pricking the skin with needles to alleviate pain and treat various physical and mental conditions. Although acupuncture is very safe overall, improving the quality of needles can make it even safer, said the authors of the study, which was published online in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine. Irregularities and malformed tips Researchers examined 10 randomly selected needles from each of the two most commonly used brands of stainless steel acupuncture needles. They discovered that many needles had significant surface irregularities or malformed tips. Some of the needles had metallic lumps and bits of material on their surfaces.
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