The use of acupuncture was first documented more than 2000 years ago. During the 6th century, improved transportation within Asia led to Chinese medicine spreading across Asia. Today, acupuncture remains a crucial part of the Japanese and Chinese health care system, offered alongside modern medicine. Acupuncture began to gain western attention after President Nixon visited China in 1972 where he witnessed acupuncture being performed. Today in America, acupuncture has grown into a common form of pain managemnt in may clinics and hospitals. It is estimated that 15 million Americans or roughly 6 % of the American population, has visited an acupuncturist for a variety of symptoms including chronic pain, fatigue, nasea, arthritis and digestive problems. In 1995, the FDA classified acupuncture needles as medical instruments and assured their effectiveness. Then in 1997, the NIH recommended that insurance companies begin to provide full coverage for the treatment of certain conditions using acupuncture.
Dr. Tang, a physiatrist, uses medical acupuncture to treat different forms of pain.
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