#1 What is this B.A.M.?
BAM is Bringing Acupuncture Mainstream– One Talk at a Time
The standard protocols offered by health care plans do not normally incorporate Acupuncture and other holistic and “alternative” methods of treatment. There are many reasons for this, though the effectiveness to help many common ailments is not one of them. As a result, most Americans will never experience the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its “alternative” status will continue to subordinate Acupuncture, for instance, to the allopathic-based care most Americans typically receive.
If you want to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, there are a couple of common sense ways:
1) Reduce the price.
2) Reduce the prescribed amounts by offering non-pharmaceutical treatment methods.
The latter reason can also play an important part in reducing the cumulative adverse affects suffered by patients because of the long term use of many prescribed drugs.
Acupuncture was introduced to mainstream Americans when President Nixon and his entourage traveled to China in the early 1970s. Almost fifty years later, Acupuncture remains primarily known by the greater public for its ability to manage pain.
Acupuncture is the most recognizable modality of Asian Medicine, though it is part of a comprehensive medicine system which also involves, cupping, moxibustion, massage (tuina), dietetics, herbal medicine, energy (QI) cultivation (Qi-Gong, Tai-ji), and life style guidance. Acupuncture alone and/or in conjunction with the other modalities are often effective to treat many conditions without the toxic adverse affects of using multiple drugs.
Some hospital groups like Kaiser Permanente each have Acupuncture departments available to patients internally by request and referral by their MD.
There are a growing amount of Integrated Health Clinics which often staff Western and Eastern trained physicians providing multiple modalities to treat in house to offer more holistic and collaborative approaches to health care.
Eager to adopt what is effective in combat zones, the American military has used Acupuncture with good effect, which in turn is causing the VA to begin adopting Acupuncturists in-house in selected facilities. In general, Acupuncture throughout the United States is being recognized and supported by VA programs via their Choice care program.
We live in a remarkably complex world and the generally immediate therapeutic effects of allopathic treatment are often welcomed. But as a society and as patients, we need to understand that problems which build up over time, must also have a strategy to heal them over timeif we expect the body to work as it is programmed to, to bring the body back to vitality in as much of a naturally self-balanced way as possible. TCM, good nutrition, and many natural holistic Western therapies can help aid Americans in that endeavor.
Through this website, I plan to bring you small doses of Acupuncture subjects to help raise the level of awareness of the benefits of Bringing Acupuncture Mainstream – One talk at a time.
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