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The Biological Plausibility of Acupuncture

(and how it relates to acupuncture malpractice liability insurance)

Acupuncture – an alternative therapy that involves needle insertions into targeted areas of the body – has been making great strides in the medical landscape despite the fact that there are still a lot of people who find it a relatively controversial subject. Why is acupuncture gaining more and more popularity in the medical field and what are the implications of this trend to acupuncture professionals in their practice? Let us see it and find the answer in the perspective of biochemistry.

The biological plausibility of acupuncture

In the recent live event by Mel Hopper Koppelman (executive director of Evidence Based
Acupuncture) for American Acupuncture Council, we have learned a number of important facts about acupuncture based on recent several scientific studies, which prove its biological plausibility.

Here are some facts you need to know:

  • Acupuncture needling triggers release of Adenosine(a chemical that is present in all human cells)
  • Adenosine binds to nerve receptor that sends the signal to the spinal cord and brain
  • In the brain, this regulates functions like digestion, cardiovascular conditions, etc
  • In the higher brain centers, this modulates pain
  • ATP and adenosine start a cascade of biochemical events that affect all tissues and body systems

In other words, performing an acupuncture procedure allows the release of a chemical inside our body called Adenosine, which, when combined with other components to form a compound (AMP, ATP), can be used in treating several conditions, mainly to relieve pain.) This scientific findings remove doubts about the biological plausibility of acupuncture and explain how it can be clinically helpful for such a diverse range of clinical areas.

The implication to acupuncture malpractice liability insurance

These science-backed findings regarding acupuncture have been considered as one of the core factors why more and more individuals are patronizing this alternative treatment. Of course, this would raise some level of controversy from the other side of medical fence,. As a result, acupuncture professionals in their practice, can expect a possible rise in number of complaints, including those coming from the patients themselves. That said, it is imperative that every acupuncture practitioner gets an acupuncture malpractice liability insurance to shield them from possible legal woes – to protect their reputation and their practice.

To learn more about acupuncture malpractice liability insurance, contact the American Acupuncture Council today at (800) 838-0383.