When: December 4, 2016 (Sunday) at 2:00 PM
Where: La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol
300 East 11th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Why: ACUPUNCTURE CRISIS
ACUPUNCTURE CRISIS !!
Dear Acupuncturists, Prospective Acupuncturists, and Friends,
The Acupuncture profession is under attack! It is being eroded and undermined by other professionals, such as physical therapists and chiropractors. If you or your friends and family have received acupuncture treatment from these other professionals, their rights to first-class care has been infringed!
Ever since President Nixon visited China in 1972, the American people have had a preliminary understanding of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have formally recognized the efficacy of acupuncture in remedying a range of diseases and conditions. Chinese medicine has made great strides in the US; the vast majority of people are familiar with efficacy of acupuncture, but not so much the theory. These facts confirm that professional and high-quality licensed acupuncturists have contributed to the health of Americans.
The Chinese have a proverb. “Great trees catch the wind. Recognition draws envy.” Our Chinese medicine and acupuncture profes-sion attracts not only those who would acquire the benefits, but also those who wish to claim it as their own. For example: physical therapists in Texas perform needling procedures with our needles and call it “dry needle.” Chiropractors have also incorporated acu-puncture into their practice. By taking a mere 100-hour course, their board now allows them to perform acupuncture treatment. If we let them do this, we are in trouble. We will lose more and more of our market share to them.
The Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners challenged physical therapists for the right to perform acupuncture in 2015 and asked the Texas Attorney General to provide opinion on the scope of their practice…In other words, to determine whether physical therapists were in fact allowed to perform acupuncture (RQ-0068-KP, 11/9/2015,
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/rq/2015/pdf/RQ0068KP.pdf). The Texas Attorney General’s response was disappointing. “A Court would likely conclude that the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners has authority to determine that trigger point dry needling is within the scope of practice of physical therapy.” (Texas Attorney Gen. Op. No. KP-0082, 5/9/2016, https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/op/2016/kp0082.pdf ).
The relevant issue at stake today: The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission reconsiders all bills – including those regarding Western medicine, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy etc. every 12 years. In a few months time, bills, includ-ing acupuncture bills, are to undergo review for re-enactment. We believe that boards which already allow acupuncture treatment without formal Chinese medicine and acupuncture training will introduce new law that would incorporate it entirely into their routine without reserve.
If we do not unite to stop this absurd behavior, we will have physical therapists and chiropractors doing a mediocre job at needling. They will lower the quality and standard set by professional acupuncturists. Acupuncture will no longer be seen as an effective op-tion for many patients. Our reputation will plummet, and the professional acupuncturist will eventually be eliminated from the Texas Medical System.
We urgently need your support. If you care about the quality of acupuncture and the future reputation of your profession, please do-nate. We need funding to educate more people about Chinese medicine and acupuncture, to propose a new bill, and to hire a lobbyist to represent our interests to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.
Please join us on December the 4th for drinks and snacks. Let’s discuss, strategize, and prepare to fight for our reputation as a group of quality Acupuncturists.
Texas Association of Acupuncturists
自從美國總統尼克森在1972年訪華後,美國民衆對針灸中醫有了初步的認識。 美國國家衛生研究院(National Institute of Health, NIH)和世界衛生組織(World Health Organization, WHO)陸續正式認可針灸的安全和針對一系列疾病和健康狀況的療效。目前雖然有些人對中醫針灸的理論和實踐仍然不很熟悉，但是絕大多數的人們已經熟知針灸的療效。這些事實確認了這個專業以及高素質的持照針灸師為美國人的健康作出了貢獻。然而，中國人有句諺語說，“樹大招風”。 我們這個針灸專業，不但是樹大招風，而且是名利招忌。風太大了可能把樹給吹倒了。但是在醫療專業上招忌造成的影響可大了。譬如醫療的品質可能降低，對中醫針灸的名聲也可能有負面的影響。 怎麽說呢？德州的理療師(physical therapist) 使用針灸毫針執行針灸的針刺，但是他們稱稱之為“乾針（dry needle）“。不少的脊柱按摩治療師(chiropractor)把針灸裏的針刺納入他們的執業範圍裏。只要他們通過一百小時課程的訓練脊柱按摩協會即允許他們執行針灸治療。
德州針灸署於2015年底提出對理療師施行針灸的質疑而要求總檢察長解釋理療師的執業範圍 (RQ-0068-KP, 11/9/2015,
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/rq/2015/pdf/RQ0068KP.pdf). 然而總檢察長的回覆令人非常失望。總檢察長的答覆是「在法庭上可以輕易的斷定理療師董事會有權力將乾針療法納入理療師的執業範圍內」(Texas Attor-ney Gen. Op. No. KP-0082, 5/9/2016, https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/51paxton/op/2016/kp0082.pdf )。
德州落日法案委員會(Texas Sunset Advisory Commission)每12年開一次會重新審核制定所有的法案 — 包含西醫，中醫針灸，脊柱按摩，理療，等等的法案。最近幾個月內這些與我們岌岌相關的委員會的法案都要重行審核制定。 我們相信這些允許未經正式中醫針灸教育訓練者執行針灸治療的少數委員會一定會提出新法案以將中醫針灸正式納入他們的執業範圍裏。如果中醫針灸業不團結起來制止這種荒謬絕倫的行為，中醫針灸的品質將會一落千丈，中醫針灸的名聲也就跟著受到污穢，正統中醫針灸師的信譽也一定會受到負面的影響，最後免不了從德州的醫療系統中被淘汰掉(劣幣驅逐良幣).