Acupuncture scoring points with hospital patients

Acupuncture is now more widely accepted and has found a place in several hospitals and clinics, complementing Western medication and the way doctors treat their patients.
Acupuncture is now more widely accepted and has found a place in several hospitals and clinics, complementing Western medication and the way doctors treat their patients.PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG
Top: Ailments treated in hospital using acupuncture are often musculoskeletal in nature, such as neck, back and shoulder pains, said Dr Richard Tan. Above: Acupuncture being used to treat a jaw disorder.
Ailments treated in hospital using acupuncture are often musculoskeletal in nature, such as neck, back and shoulder pains, said Dr Richard Tan.
 Acupuncture being used to treat a jaw disorder.
Acupuncture being used to treat a jaw disorder.

Shift seen in attitude towards TCM, not only among Chinese patients but also in a good mix from non-Chinese backgrounds

There's nothing unusual about needles being used in hospitals, as anyone who has had an injection would know. However a different kind of needle treatment is getting the attention of hospital patients these days - acupuncture.

The younger generation, in particular, seems increasingly open to opting for acupuncture therapy at hospital as a complement to conventional treatment, say hospital acupuncturists.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2018, with the headline 'Acupuncture scoring points with hospital patients'. Print Edition | Subscribe