ancient Chinese needling art , as an art within the scope of practice of
Chiropractic doctors (some use the nauseating term of Chiropractors which
I dislike intensely), may be put in jeopardy by Senate Bill 1314 in Texas.
Although I have written on Chinese
traditional medicine topics for years, and have been
involved as a sifu
in Chinese martial arts , and also, in my practice as a doctor in Austin
Texas, shared office space with a Chinese acupuncturist from China, who
was also a "barefoot doctor" in China, I do not currently practice
acupuncture in my practice in Longview Texas, BAKER CHIROPRACTIC, PA. That
being said, I am fighting for my brothers and sisters who are Chiropractic
Doctors (DCs or Doctors of Chiropractic) who DO practice acupuncture,
because there is a bill slithering like a poisonous snake through the body
politic of Texas that would make it illegal for Chiropractic Doctors to
practice acupuncture if the bill passes the house.
Senate Bill 1314 was introduced into the Texas Senate by a Republican
LAWYER named Chris Harris who wasn't even born in Texas, he is NOT a Texas
native. Well, maybe they do that kind of sneaky, behind the back attack in
the State of California, but in Texas, we are not fond of people trying to
sneak something in to attack the way you earn your living, behind your
Now, if you look in Google for ANY cases in Texas of Chiropractic doctors
hurting people through the practice of acupuncture, you will not find a
record that Doctors of Chiropractic constitute ANY danger to the public
through their practice of acupuncture.
I could not find any such cases, and I am fairly adept at doing Google
searches and Yahoo searches (and when Kumo.com goes live, I will try that
I want SOMEONE to ask Mr. Harris, California born Republican Lawyer from
District 9, "WHAT WAS THE REASON YOU INTRODUCED SB 1314 ?". He better have
a damn good reason for this transparent legislative attack against an
Now, I have seen SOME so-called
"acupuncturists" who are acting as if they are purists, and say that
should not be practicing, and are in favor of this slimy piece of
pretender to be, legislation. To that I would say this. Number one, do you
speak Chinese, either Mandarin or Cantonese? Number two, are you
classically trained and would you be able to pass a test in China on
things like traditional pulse diagnosis,
herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, etc.? Number three, do you use a
"cookie cutter" approach to needling (meaning, do you devise a treatment
plan based on visual inspection, auscultation, tongue reading, and pulse
diagnosis, or are you just using the most commonly used points ONLY TO
TREAT SYMPTOMS ?
The true aim of acupuncture is to keep people HEALTHY. In ancient China, a
doctor with many sick patients was seen as a poor doctor, since his
patients were becoming sick. The superior doctor had HEALTHY patients.
Number four Are you doing traditional acupuncture or electroacupuncture?
I have authored many nationally published
articles on topics like Medical Training During the Sung Dynasty, Qigong,
Chinese traditional herbal therapy (A Pharmacy in Your Cupboard), and
I do not know very many folks licensed as acupuncturists in Texas that I
would take my hat off to and acknowledge them as acupuncture masters,
based on the level of diagnosis and clinical acumen that the true
acupuncture masters in China had.
So, if these so-called acupuncturists do not
measure up to my standards, I don't care if those Chiropractic doctors
that are practicing acupuncture legally at this point, fail to measure up
to THEIR standards or not.
The point is that Attorneys General in Texas have given decisions
that, it is LEGAL for Chiropractic doctors to treat patients in Texas
using acupuncture, and as I noted, apparently, they are doing so safely,
and helping patients get better using acupuncture.
Thus, I urge ALL Chiropractic doctors, whether
they practice the needling art or not, to do all they can to oppose SB
1314, and also, to sign my petition at: