Acupuncture was first introduced in the U.S. by the National Acupuncture Association (NAA) in the seventies and the first clinic was established in Los Angeles in 1972 at the UCLA.
The basis of acupuncture is to cure or relieve pain, by introducing and manoeuvring fine needles in precise points of the body.
Although acupuncture cannot substitute anaesthesia it can relieve pain after surgical operations. In order for it to be safe it must be carried out by professional practitioners who will use sterilized needles, although more research is being carried out on the effectiveness of this method.
Experts of the NIH Consensus Development Conference stated that there have been positive outcomes relative to acupuncture used in postoperative cases, dental pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy.
Other troubles, in which acupuncture may be used as an alternative treatment, or in conjunction with other treatments, are osteo-arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, stroke rehabilitation, menstrual cramps, and headaches amongst others.
There is enough evidence on the positive results of acupuncture to be able to introduce this as a standard and recognized treatment into areas of conventional medicine.
Nowadays acupuncture can be studied at a higher level at the Harvard Medical School, and it is being nationally recognised by the various insurances as an effective medical treatment, while refunding for acupuncture treatments are being taken into account by various health plans.