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An acupuncturist generally practices acupuncture as an overall system of care, which includes using traditional diagnostic techniques, acupuncture needling, and other adjunctive treatments.[1]

General practice[edit]

Chinese herbs are also often used.[1] The herbal medicine has a number of possible risks for people.[1] This includes incorrect dosages, herb-herb interactions, herb-drug interactions, substitution of wrong herbs as a consequence of inaccurate translation, the contamination by or addition of toxic compounds and pharmaceutical drugs, and the possible for delay of therapeutic options that are effective.[1] Acupuncturists rarely communicate with medical doctors who are treated simultaneously the same condition.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sherman, K. J.; Cherkin, D. C.; Eisenberg, D. M.; Erro, J; Hrbek, A; Deyo, R. A. (2005). "The practice of acupuncture: Who are the providers and what do they do?". The Annals of Family Medicine 3 (2): 151–8. doi:10.1370/afm.248. PMC 1466855. PMID 15798042.  edit