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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Acupuncture gets green light OTTAWA (CP) Acu- puncture has for the first time been given the seal of approval of a blue-ribbon conference of the Canadian medical profession. But the conference Tuesday, arranged by the department of national health and welfare, took a careful, conservative stance, endors- ing the technique for the relief of pain only. "There is currently no con- clusive evidence that it will cure any specific disease or the conference stressed in a statement read by Dr. J.B. Morison, conference chairman and registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. "The conference strongly supports the expansion of research in the use of acupuncture on a wide variety of human disorders in order to establish the proper role of the modality in medical and dental care in he added. The conference included representatives of provincial governments or medical associations from every province except Prince Edward Island as well as from medical and dental associations of national scope, including the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. Also represented was the Consumers Association of Canada. The conference was re- quested by the Federation of Provincial Medical Licensing Authorities of Canada and came up with a series of recommendations for the control of acupuncture prac- tice. Chief among the recommen- dations is that acupuncture be practised only by "properly trained and fully licensed physicians and dentists." If "recognized, professionally qualified allied health workers' provide acupuncture services, the conference recommends, they should have to demonstrate the competence needed foi the amount of responsibility they exercise and should prac- tise under the supervision of a medical doctor or dentist. In addition, such auxiliary health-care workers should do acupuncture only in approved institutions on patients for whom acupuncture has been prescribed by doctors who have examined them and diagnosed their complaints. Dr. Morison said there is a danger that unqualified acu- puncturists may relieve pain that indicates a medical prob- lem. If the symptom is reliev- ed without medical interven- tion in the disorder, the illness could progress without treatment. The conference also recom- mended that: medical and dental licensing authorities be responsible for ensuring that doctors and dentists who prac- tise acupuncture are properly trained and qualified for the work. regulatory bodies work together to achieve national standards of competence in acupuncture. and provincial governments and other agen- cies "give priority to promoting the organization and funding of training programs" to provide trained people to carry out educational and research pro- grams. medical and dental schools "be alerted to the need for early planning to provide for the incorporation of acupuncture" in their courses. and provincial governments and other "research funding agencies" give high priority to the funding of additional acupunc- ture research programs. "The conference is of the opinion that there is urgent need to extend, and in some cases duplicate for the pur- poses of validation, the programs currently under way at most Canadian medical schools and other in- the statement said. The conference said there is still no scientific explanation of how acupuncture works, but preliminary results of research by Canadian scien- tists shows that it "promises to be a useful procedure in the relief of certain types of pain." Acupuncture is "not a pan- the conference said, but it "can be a useful adjunct to the practice of medicine and dentistry." Practitioners more optimistic OTTAWA (CP) While a national conference on acu- puncture carefully avoided any suggestions that the technique can have a curative effect on medical disorders, physicians already practising acupuncture have a far more optimistic view. Dr. Jack Richman of Oak- ville, Ont., says he and other physicians have had results both in relief of pain by acu- puncture and in therapeutic treatment of diseases. "Although in clinical prac- tice we find it works in a variety of medical conditions, as yet there have been no 'double-blind' clinical studies to prove he said. "Double-blind" studies would involve three patients. One would be treated with genuine acupuncture techni- que, the second with needles, similar to the real thing and the third with techniques not even resembling acupuncture but intended to let the patient think he was being treated by acupuncture. If the genuine acupuncture treatment alone produced therapeutic results, there would be some scientific basis for concluding that it works. Dr. Richman is chairman of the acupuncture section of the Ontario Medical Association and program director of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. He said the two-day confer- ence here of representatives of the Canadian medical profession, meeting to study acupuncture, felt that until such scientifically valid studies are carried out, it would be "foolish to jump or the (acupuncture) bandwagon." It could even en- danger the health of the public. But he said the Acupuncture Foundation now has plans tc carry out such research. It is to set up a clinic in Toronto by March 1 both for research and for the education of physicians and medical students in. acupuncture techniques. Dr. Richman said he began using acupuncture after a three-day training course from the Acupuncture Foun- dation and found beneficial effects on patients who had not responded to conventional treatment. Soon he was using it on about 20 per cent of his patients, especially where drug treatment failed to produce results or was riskier than acupuncture. "Much to my surprise it fre- always, but fre- Dr. Richman said he personally feels all physicians should be familiar with acupuncture because it has applications in almost every specialty. But he warned against un- qualified practitioners. Not only could their relief of pain mask symptoms of disorders that need medical treatment, but doctors have encountered punctured lungs, bowels, bladders and cases of ihfec-. tious hepatitis and other com- plications caused by acupunc- turists who are not medical doctors. Dr. Richman said his own experience with acupuncture includes: of symptoms of co- bowel a woman who had not responded to eight months' treatment with drugs, two acupuncture treatments suf- ficed and a further treatment was required later when she suffered a relapse after a bout of stomach 'flu. jresanew price on Mazda 808: about If you'd like to drive a brand new car at a pre-inflationary price, a great; deal going for, you right now at Mazda dealer's. 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