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Date of Graduation

Spring 5-7-2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Eric W. Cowan

A. Renee Staton

Cheree Hammond


Acupuncture is one of the oldest documented medical practices, it has really only made its way into Western medical practices within the last 32 years. Since acupuncture’s acceptance into Western medicine, there has been limited incorporation of acupuncture as an adjunct to counseling and it is still not widely used as a proper way of working with clients. This article explores the potential for a holistic approach to counseling by using acupuncture as a complementary tool to counseling. The article begins by examining the similarities and differences between Chinese medicine and Western practices. In addition, exploration of the benefits, risks, and concerns as well as research concerning the incorporation of acupuncture in counseling. The article then concludes with the author’s personal experience of receiving acupuncture. Results from the limited research found provide positive and promising experiences when acupuncture is used as an adjunct to counseling. It is recommended however that additional research be done to further support or refute these findings.

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