Acupuncture Schools in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is a Northeastern state known for its fishing, textiles, tourism, and the production of tools, jewelry and silverware. But as the demand for its manufacturing has slowed, Rhode Island has diversified its economy. Health services now ranks as the top industry. Rhode Island is easily the smallest state and was ranked only 43rd in population in the 2010 census, but it ranks as the second most densely populated state.

Acupuncture is a healing art that treats patients with small needles inserted into various points of the body known as meridian lines. The theory of acupuncture is that the needles activate and regulate the flow of chi (sometimes spelled “ki” or “qi”), which is commonly known as the “life force.” These needles can be used to reduce pain, treat numerous types of ailments and maintain good health.

One of the most common uses of acupuncture is in the relief of pain, particularly back pain and conditions of chronic pain. As people become more aware of the side effects and dangers of using pharmaceutical drugs, more and more of them are turning to acupuncture as a safe and effective alternative. While prospective acupuncture patients are often afraid of getting stuck by needles, most of them are pleasantly surprised by how little pain—if any—that they feel when receiving treatment.

There are three main types of acupuncture schools in the United States:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Schools. These practice Chinese medicine as practiced during the Maoist years, beginning about sixty years ago. The Maoists stripped acupuncture of most of its spiritual dimension, considering it superstitious. Thus, they don’t emphasize concepts like “chi,” restricting most of their training to the practical applications of acupuncture.

Lineage-based Schools. These schools follow the pre-1950s teachings of Chinese medicine, including not only the practical applications of the TCM schools but also the spiritual legacy handed down for over two thousand years.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Schools. These schools teach an abbreviated form of acupuncture to doctors who have already gotten a traditional medical license but want to include acupuncture in their practices.

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