History of the professionalization of acupuncture in Mexico

Emma López Espinosa, Cesar Leon Cisneros, Angelica Castañeda Duarte
2021 Longhua Chinese Medicine  
A review of the historical aspects of the development of acupuncture in Mexico is presented, which allows identifying that there have been several participants who have contributed in one way or another to the advancement of an international commitment acquired by the Mexican government as a member of the WHO. Thirty years after the diplomatic agreements between the People's Republic of China and the Mexican government and more than one hundred years after the officialization of homeopathy,
more » ... of homeopathy, reforms have been generated to regulate the professional practice of the aforementioned disciplines, as well as the creation of schools with official educational offer that train professionals with the intention that one day the Mexican health model will incorporate acupuncture into the current hegemonic model, generating a Comprehensive Health Care Model that responds to the needs of Public Health, and that helps to improve the quality of life of the population, as well as a better administration and optimization of the resources designated in various treatments. Few units in the public health sector offer acupuncture services, due to the lack of integration of Complementary Medicines in the current health system, however it is a crucial role for educational institutions to promote joint research projects through lines of research in patients with pathologies of difficult control or torpid evolution identified as health problems, establish comprehensive therapeutic models through care protocols, periodically evaluate the results of the evolution of patients treated with acupuncture, document and publish them, disseminate them to medical personnel and to the general public the effects and benefits of acupuncture. This duty also falls on the institutions to generate career opportunities and that the students at the time of leaving have the option of being entrepreneurs of their own company thus generating self-employment, but that this development of entrepreneurship is based on the regulations and guidelines that favor the professional practice of the acupuncturist in Mexico.
doi:10.21037/lcm-21-7 fatcat:c4azuyns2nhdjibrcg6wbnp4cu