“The United States spends much more money on health care than any other country. Yet, Americans die sooner and experience more illness than residents in many other countries…health trajectory is lower in success and higher in cost than it should be. The cost of inaction is high.”
– Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine
View the above video of 2 state employees suffering from chronic pain.
One is using prescription drugs to manage pain. One is using acupuncture.
Patients Deserve the Choice of Their Medical Treatments.
Acupuncturists are experts in administering less invasive, low-cost treatments that support the body while it heals itself, and that serve as effective substitutes for riskier modalities such as prescription narcotics.
Acupuncture plays an important role in helping patients with pain avoid more expensive, higher risk interventions. A 2012 British study found that one-third of total knee replacement candidates who received acupuncture instead of conventional treatment experienced long-term pain relief and were able to avoid surgery two years later, at a cost savings of $8,100 per patient. In the U.S., where 719,000 knee replacement surgeries were performed in 2010, the savings could total $1.9 billion.*
Acupuncture reduces pain, reduces inflammation, and increases blood flow and circulation.
The efficacy of acupuncture and traditional Asian medicine for pain, cancer, and many other health conditions is proven. Forward-thinking American health care and insurance systems will support and incentivize visits to acupuncturists because they treat effectively and are cost-effective.
There is no risk of addiction or abuse, as there is with prescription narcotics.
There are no side effects, as there are with many prescription drugs.
Acupuncture is the fastest growing medical service in the United States and the world.
Many NFL teams use Acupuncture services to help their football players perform at their peak and help injuries heal faster.
Acupuncture services are being included as one of the medical services at the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles.
Acupuncture services are helping U.S. servicemen and women on the battlefield as well as veterans at home.
The top 5 U.S. cancer centers, ranked by U.S. News and World Report, have licensed acupuncturists on staff and fund and conduct acupuncture and Oriental medicine research.
*Inpatient Surgery: National Hospital Discharge Survey; 2010. Atlanta, GA; 2010. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/inpatient-surgery.htm.