Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day is held annually on October 24 to raise public awareness and support for the use of acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese and Oriental medicine.
Thousands of licensed acupuncturists, government figures, and health organizations use this day to support the practice and its use as a complementary medicine in our modern healthcare system. AOM Day is sponsored through a partnership of prestigious research, educational and professional institutions, including the Council of State Associations, Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into specific points on a person’s body, stimulating the body’s own resources, maximizing the healing potential. It is frequently used to treat pain, stress, inflammation, and dozens of different physical and mental conditions. Acupuncture has been used to restore and maintain the health of millions of people for thousands of years.
Newcomers are often skeptical of the effectiveness of acupuncture. However, a survey conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that roughly 1 in 10 adults have received acupuncture, and nearly half of those respondents said they were either “extremely satisfied” or “very satisfied’ with the results. The survey also found that 60% of respondents said they would consider regular acupuncture sessions as a form of treatment.
Whether you’re suffering from a particular health ailment, or if you simply want to learn more about the practice of acupuncture, you should take advantage of AOM Day by scheduling an appointment with a licensed acupuncturist. Who knows, you might discover a powerful new way to treat one or more conditions from which you suffer.
6 Reasons You Should Try Acupuncture
- It is time-tested. Unlike newer treatments and medicines on the market, you can rest assured knowing acupuncture has been used for thousands of years by millions of people.
- 1 in 3 Americans use some form of complementary/alternative medicine. Why aren’t you? Remember, caring for yourself is not self-indulgent.
- A recent meta-analysis study performed by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York found that Acupuncture was 52% more effective than the Western Medicine “standard of care” when used to treat chronic pain, back, neck and shoulder pain, arthritis, headaches and migraines. (from NY Times article dated Sept 11, 2012)
- Acupuncture can treat both physiological and psychological disorders. Some of the common psychological disorders treated through acupuncture include stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
- Contrary to what some people may believe, acupuncture is virtually painless. In fact, it’s actually quite calming and relaxing, as it activates your body’s natural self-healing-process.
- With continued treatment, long standing health problems will slowly resolve as the body heals itself.