Have you wondered whether to try acupuncture? It’s not such a strange thought. A survey recently published showed an increasing acceptance and use of acupuncture for treatment and health promotion.
The study is based on results of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, a series of questionnaires prepared and collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. For over 50 years, the survey has monitored the health of the nation and tracked health status and health care access. The analysis, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at utilization rates, reasons for using acupuncture, and demographics. The researchers found that between 2002 and 2007 there was a significant increase in the number of patients using acupuncture.
Overall, the study found that six percent of Americans are using or have used acupuncture as part of their health care — over 14 million users, up from 8 million in 2002. The growth is impressive, considering that less than one percent of the population reported trying acupuncture in the past two decades. Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a complementary or alternative treatment, however, this report demonstrated that a growing population of people are using acupuncture to promote their general health.
What else are people seeking acupuncture for? A special analysis of acupuncture data from an earlier National Health Interview Survey also found that pain or musculoskeletal complaints accounted for seven of the top ten conditions for which people use acupuncture. Back pain was the most common, followed by joint pain, neck pain, severe headache/migraine, and recurring pain.
The American College of Rheumatology, which is a major organization for medical professionals that treat arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases, endorses the use of acupuncture for chronic pain.
Whether it’s for relief of stress, chronic pain or easing of symptoms from a health concern, acupuncture can help!
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