How Widely is Acupuncture Used in the United States?
In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. The report
from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997
stated that acupuncture is being "widely" practiced for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health
According to the 2002 National Health
Interview Survey--the largest and most comprehensive survey of complementary and alternative medicine
(CAM) use by American adults
to date--an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults had ever used acupuncture, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S.
adults had used acupuncture in the previous year.