In an effort to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, AOM day is observed in the United States, Canada and Mexico by professional associations, research organizations and educational institutions. Many practitioners will host an open house, offer free lectures or even offer opportunities to sample acupuncture 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.
As the owner and founder of the Acupuncture Clinic of Richmond, we will be celebrating the holiday with a Community Open House. Throughout the day, we’ll offer free talks, demonstrations, door prizes, and literature. For details and further information, visit www.debifarley.com or call 804 288 3927.