Daniel Mazanec, MD, FACP, FACR, Associate Director, Center for Spine Health Cleveland Clinic, discusses medical acupuncture, the different training programs in the US and how to interpret the qualifications of a medical acupuncturist.
Acupuncture some states have credentialing boards with specific requirements for medical acupuncturists. It is usually clear within 5-10 treatments if acupuncture is going to be effective in managing pain.
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