Most people have still never tried acupuncture but others swear by it. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “acupuncture is a traditional medicine that’s been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Its proponents say it can do everything from relieving pain to bringing a general sense of wellness.”
Research suggests it can help manage certain pain conditions, such as neck pain, back pain, and headaches. Acupuncture is generally considered safe when it is performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles. Unfortunately for some patients, practitioners take advantage of patient confidence and inappropriately touch or assault patients under the cover of “medicine.”
Acupuncturist in Poolesville Accused of Inappropriate Touching
A patient has accused an acupuncturist in Maryland of inappropriate touching during an appointment over the summer. Sang Kim runs the Acupuncture Cure practice out of his home in Poolesville. The patient said she was told to put on a gown that opened in the front and when she was on the exam table, Kim touched her inappropriately and without her consent. Kim was charged with 4th degree sexual offense.
New York Acupuncturist and Alleged Abuse
An acupuncture patient in LaGrange has alleged Detlef F. Wolf sexually abused her while undergoing treatment at the Acupuncture and Wellness Center. Wolf was arrested and charged with 3rd-degree sexual abuse.
Multiple Accusations Against Mass Acupuncturist
Qunhao Zhang was arraigned on 2 counts of indecent assault and battery after being accused of touching a patient in a sexual manner in Boston. However, a search of the Board of Registry in Medicine records found two prior complaints filed against Zhang since his licensure in Massachusetts in 2000.
In 2003, a woman said Zhang touched her inappropriately. The patient was new to acupuncture and did not know the normal practice. Zhang told her to remove her clothing and removed the sheet that covered her multiple times, leaving her fully exposed. The woman complained that he made inappropriate comments and ran his fingers through her hair, put his hands on her breasts, and put his hands on her crotch. When she complained he pinched her breast.
During an investigation, Zhang denied the charges and said the patient was a first-time acupuncture patient and needed explaining and educating. He also said the patient misunderstood when he told her to remove her clothing. No disciplinary action was taken at the time and Zhang was allowed to continue seeing patients without oversight.
Colorado Acupuncturist Accused of Sexual Assault
An acupuncture therapist in Fort Collins was arrested on charges of sexual contact and sexual assault. A female patient said Kent Nixon sexually assaulted her during a treatment session.
Acupuncture and Sexual Misconduct
According to one Chinese medicine and acupuncture college, “there are no circumstances in which sexualized conduct in the current practitioner-patient relationship is acceptable.”
In many acupuncture settings, there is only one practitioner in the office with one a patient at a time. With no one else around, many victims of sexual assault fail to come forward because they think no one will believe them. Others fail to report the touching because the practitioner tries to convince them that the procedures are normal practice for acupuncture when there is no legitimate reason for groping or fondling.
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