About Medical Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a medical modality that has been used for thousands of years in many cultures around the world. Medical Acupuncture is practiced by physicians only (M.D. or D.O.) who are trained and licensed to practice western medicine as well as traditional acupuncture. Medical Acupuncture may be thought of as a hybrid which blends classic Chinese medicine with western concepts of physiology and disease.
Over the past 30 years, Medical Acupuncture has gained increasing acceptance in the United States and Europe. An expanding and compelling body of current research supports its validity as a therapeutic modality. Today, medical acupuncturists practice in a wide variety of settings including pain management clinics, veteran's hospitals, military bases and field hospitals, academic medical centers and private clinics.
There are approximately 5,000 physicians in the U.S. trained to practice Medical Acupuncture of whom about 400 are board certified. The path to board certification requires advanced training, several years of clinical practice and comprehensive examination.
Dr. Groopman has taught and lectured extensively to physicians and is nationally recognized as an expert in the
field of Medical Acupuncture. He has a long-standing interest in pain management as well as advanced training in the use of acupuncture for pain control. He is one of a small number of physicians in the U.S. who practice
Medical Acupuncture as their full-time primary medical specialty.