How Acupuncture Went from ‘Alternative’ to Accepted

Not that long ago, though, it was illegal for acupuncturists to practice in Texas without a medical degree or supervision. Tiong and Nancy Ling of Peking Acupuncture, near Bellaire and 610, helped change that.

It was in 1982 that they moved to Houston, where they expected the city’s large Chinese population to form their client base; ironically, the great majority of their patients over the years have been of non-Asian descent. In ’85, they co-wrote a book, Everything You Want to Know About Acupuncture.

The Lings and six other acupuncturists sued the Texas Medical Board in the early ’90s, helping to pave the way for the creation of the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners, in 1993. With their accreditation, they could finally practice independently in Texas.

While scientists are still just beginning to understand acupuncture, research shows it’s an effective treatment for non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain.

It does involve needles being inserted into your body’s pressure points. And during our own recent, first experience—despite what some say—the needles entering our body did feel like just that. Nevertheless, our back pain was alleviated, and we too were hooked.