Medical Research

Use of Acupuncture Soaring since 2002

Kristen Sparrow • September 09, 2009

Acupuncture and oriental medicine use is soaring dramatically.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) which is a part of the National Institute of Health, has reported that 3.1 million Americans used acupuncture and Oriental medicine in 2007, a 50% increase since 2002.
Part of what’s causing the increase is the frustration with the standard health care system in the U.S. In 2002 2.1 million Adults used “acupuncture care.” But in 2007 the number jumped to an estimated 3.1 million. Also the number of people who practiced yoga jumped from 10,386,000 in 2002 to 13,172,000 in 2007.

The study also gave AOM high marks for its research quality. Out of 40 systematic reviews identified by the National Library of Medicine involving acupuncture, massage therapy, naturaopathy or yoga published between 2002 and 2007, the only studies that found sufficient evidence to conclude that the given therapy was effective for a given condition all used acupuncture as a form of treatment.