Acupuncture Career Statistics
- Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years.
- 1993 estimates by the Food and Drug Administration indicate that Americans made 12 million visits to acupuncture practitioners – to a tune of $500,000 spent on treatments.
- There are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the body.
- These are connected to 20 pathways, or meridians – 12 main pathways, and 8 secondary ones
- Acupuncture is believed to work by balancing the yin and the yang in the body, restoring the natural flow of the qi.
- Acupuncture has been used to treat (or relieve that pain of) dozens of ailments. The National Institutes of Health recognize its usefulness in treating addiction, fibromyalgia, headaches, cramps, back pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, asthma, and more.
- Alternative healthcare is seeing a jump in patient visits, partially due to a growing awareness in the importance of staying healthy in order to be happier and to ward of illness before it starts.
- Acupuncture first became known in the U.S. in the 1970's
- A 2002 NIH survey found that about 8.2 million American adults have used acupuncture, and that 2.1 million had used it in the previous year.