In this article (here) by Bruce Kennedy, he examines the long road acupuncture has traveled to legitimacy in the U.S., and how much further it has to go to be accepted in mainstream medicine and by insurance companies. Thankfully , more Americans, are choosing to use the effective medical therapy offered by Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies. At Sustain Community Acupuncture in San Diego, we offer affordable reliable care for our patients so they do not have to choose between health care and other necessities.
- Acupuncture, once considered exotic in the U.S., has been around long enough to become federally regulated. Practitioners must use needles produced and manufactured according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards, which require needles to “be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.”
- Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of ailments, including chronic pain, depression, menstrual irregularities, infertility and weight loss. Individual treatments at licensed acupuncturists can cost anywhere from $25 to $65 dollars or more per session.
- “Even though the National Institutes of Health has found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a range of serious diseases and conditions, 52 million Medicare beneficiaries and federal employees have no guaranteed access to the treatment,” Mike Morosi, Hinchey’s press secretary, writes in an email. “Congressman Hinchey will soon reintroduce the The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act, which would ensure that those in need of care aren’t forced to choose more expensive, invasive and risky treatments with a long list of side effects simply because acupuncture isn’t covered.”