I may use this as an adjunctive therapy for pain, based on Kiiko’s Japanese style acupuncture using palpatory diagnosis and practical in-office sessions.  This may or may not be covered by your insurance; and patients must be selected appropriately.

Acupuncture Jennifer Kurz, MD

What is acupuncture?

DefinitionThe insertion of fine metallic needles into the body at specific points to treat health problems.

More broadly, acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. There are a number of different approaches to diagnosis and treatment in American acupuncture that incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.

Needles can be manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.  Various heating modalities can be used to warm the needle or skin directly, including: moxibustion, kyotushin, and Tiger Warmer.  The use of electroacupuncture, magnets, Diode rings, cupping, acupressure, trigger points, and dry needling may also be used by practitioners.

Who does acupuncture?

            • Licensed acupuncturists:  The National Commision for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certifies acupuncturists and Chinese herbal practitioners (Dipl. Ac.)

            • Medical acupuncturists:  Trained M.D.s, therapists, nurses, and other medical professionals may perform limited “medical acupuncture” after taking specialized courses…usually the emphasis is on a more practical approach for pain treatments using a select number of points.  State-to-state insurance coverage varies.

Medical Acupuncture




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