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CHINESE MEDICINE IN THE WEST

By Dr. Roni Sapir

Academic Dean of East-West

 President of IACCMP

Director of WFCMS 

Acupuncture gained attention in the United States after President Nixon visited China in 1972.

Traveling with Nixon was New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture in China after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the post-operative pain relief the procedure provided that he Reston wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States.

In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally recognized acupuncture as a mainstream medicine healing option with a statement documenting the procedure's safety and efficacy for treating a range of health conditions. While awareness of acupuncture is growing, many conventional physicians are still unfamiliar with both the theory and practice of acupuncture.