Quality of life in Minnesota
The Minnesota Acupuncture Association (MAA) is working to improve the health and quality of life for people in Minnesota. We describe this effort in our core beliefs:
There is a growing focus on preventive care as Minnesota and the nation look to truly control health care costs. Acupuncture and herbal medicine place a major emphasis on building up the body so that illness doesn't develop, and diagnosing and intervening at an earlier point in a disease process. This is a great opportunity to not only control costs, but improve quality of life.
Each year, more and more Minnesotans are using acupuncture and herbal medicine as a means of accessible, effective health care. Research has shown this medicine has a high efficacy rate and surveys show a high satisfaction rate among users.
Below, we cover several ways that acupuncture and herbal medicine can be useful partners in managing health care costs and functioning as a partner in rethinking health care.
Acupuncture is a relatively low-cost method of providing care that can often prevent or replace much more expensive means of treatment. One could be treated with acupuncture every week for a year for less than $4000. While the average person would be seen for a shorter time, consider the cost savings in medication, treatment of side effects of medication, and office calls in a year's time.
Whether used as a standalone or as an adjunct to other therapies, saving overall costs and improving outcomes of care are goals that we in this profession share with the state government and the people of Minnesota.
Below are four ways that acupuncture and herbal medicine focuses on prevention:
Acupuncture has been practiced in Minnesota since as early as the 1950s. The first organization for acupuncturists was formed in 1981. After many years of effort, legislation regulating licensure for acupuncturists in Minnesota was passed in 1995. The first acupuncturists were licensed in 1996. Today, there are approximately 800 licensed acupuncturists in Minnesota.
Traditionally, practitioners have run their own independent practices or practiced in other alternative providers' offices. Today, acupuncture is also beginning to be utilized in allopathic health settings such as Mayo, Abbott Northwestern, the Courage Center, Health Partners clinics, and Woodwinds hospital.