Happy Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day!
By: aomday.org - Press Release
Mark your calendars! October 24th is officially, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day.
In an effort to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, AOM day is observed United States, Canada and Mexico by professional associations, research organizations and educational institutions.
You will find that many practitioners will host an open house, give a free lecture or even offer treatment discounts in observance of the day.
In the United States, the use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine is at an all-time high. According to a recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), an estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of alternative therapy, and 25% have tried acupuncture. According to recent research, 64% of physicians have referred patients to certified practitioners of alternative therapies, including acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and more than $17 billion is spent on the therapies annually.
These studies and others like them clearly demonstrate that CAM therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine are common practice in today's health care system. They also support the need for consumers to be provided accurate and reliable information regarding their treatment options.
“Acupuncture and other traditional Oriental medicine therapies are gaining momentum and popularity at a rapid pace, but it’s important not to rush off to a practitioner without proper research,” said Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the NCCAOM. “Consumers should be responsible about ensuring that the practitioner they visit is properly trained and is an NCCAOM-certified practitioner.” Ninety-seven percent of the states that regulate acupuncture require either NCCAOM certification or the successful passage of one or more of the NCCAOM examination(s). NCCAOM-certified practitioners have an average of more than 2,000 hours of training, and have passed multiple rigorous national examinations.
Happy AOM Day!
NCCAOM has established a website in honor of AOM Day at www.aomday.org
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