Since 2002 October 24th has been recognized as World Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine day.
The day is designed to increase public awareness of the presence and benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is an opportunity to recognize the growing role that traditional Asian medicine plays in our global health care system.
It is estimated that 36% of U.S. adults have used some form of complementary and alternative medicine. This is according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
Among the most common practices are acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong.
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine conducted a study and found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option.