Have you ever wondered how acupuncture evolved in USA?
Here are high level bullets that will take you from 1971 up until now:
1971 – New York Times reporter James Reston, on
President Nixon’s trip to China, writes article on his
acupuncture experience. This is the first widespread
introduction to acupuncture.
• 1973 – 1st Acupuncture practice laws passed in
Maryland, Nevada and Oregon.
• 1982 – The National Certification Commission for
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) was
established to set national standards of competence.
1988 – The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) was recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education (USDE) for the accreditation of
Masters degree and Masters level acupuncture. In 1992 this
was expanded to include programs in Oriental Medicine.
• 1996 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved
acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, listing
them as Class II medical devices.
• 2002 – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted the
largest and most comprehensive survey of complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) use by American adults – over 8
million adults have used acupuncture and 2.1 million U.S. adults
had used acupuncture in the previous year.
• Acupuncture use has doubled in the past 10 years and
continues to grow
• An estimated 20 million Americans have tried
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