As an experienced and dedicated acupuncturist, I am proud to be part of a profession that has seen such remarkable growth and acceptance in the United States over the past several decades. Today, I’d like to take you on a journey through the fascinating history of acupuncture in America, highlighting its rise from an Eastern novelty to a respected and widely used modality in the Western healthcare system.


Acupuncture, with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been in practice for over 2,500 years. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that this ancient technique truly made its mark on American soil​1​. As a holistic healing practice, acupuncture encompasses the mind, body, and spirit, offering a unique and encompassing approach to health and well-being. Over the decades, this approach has garnered not only acceptance but also admiration and trust, leading to a significant increase in its use.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is now practiced in 103 out of the 129 countries that report data. The United States has seen a substantial increase in acupuncture usage, with a 50 percent rise in the number of acupuncture users between 2002 and 2012 alone​2​. This surge in popularity is evidence of the growing awareness and acceptance of acupuncture as a credible and effective healthcare option.


In the United States, acupuncture is most commonly used for pain management, including back, joint, and neck pain​3​. Research has shown that acupuncture may be helpful for a variety of pain conditions, including back or neck pain, knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, and postoperative pain​4​​5​​6​.


As the field of acupuncture has grown, so too has the body of research surrounding it. Studies have shown that acupuncture may affect nervous system function and have direct effects on the tissues where the needles are inserted. These findings have further bolstered the acceptance and credibility of acupuncture in the medical community​7​.


While the number of acupuncture practitioners in America has also grown, it is clear that our profession is just beginning to hit its stride. With the American Society of Acupuncturists working tirelessly to advance the professional practice of acupuncture through advocacy, education, and research, the future of acupuncture in America is bright and promising​8​.


In conclusion, the journey of acupuncture in America has been one of steady growth and increased acceptance. As an acupuncturist, it is a privilege to be part of this incredible journey, and I am excited to see what the future holds for acupuncture in America. With its proven effectiveness and growing popularity, acupuncture continues to establish itself as an integral part of the American healthcare system.


Remember, if you’re considering acupuncture as a treatment option or even a career path, you’re joining a movement that is bringing holistic healing to the forefront of American healthcare. Here’s to the continued growth and success of acupuncture in America!

Dr. Cecilia Rusnak MA, AP, D.O.M
1107 Person Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741
407-624-5258 Clinic
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