Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Last year, The Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center held a 2-20-20 event, which was a great success. Many people had various experiences from a calm euphoric feeling, to making up lost sleep. Not only does acupuncture and oriental medicine relief stress but it reduces your blood pressure and helps with depression by elevating your mood.
Most Health insurance companies have options to include acupuncture and massage in their benefits for their clients. Each insurance company has different options some pay 100% some pay less or just offer discounts. It is difficult to say what will happen if a national health care plan comes in effect what will happen to our progress in getting insurance companies to cover this valuable benefit.
An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health. When megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.S. adults using some form of CAM in the past year rises to 62%. Among the common CAM practices identified by the survey were acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong.
A survey by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option. Nearly half (48%) of the individuals surveyed who had received acupuncture reported that they were extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment. In addition, one in five (21%) of the total NCCAOM survey respondents reported that they had utilized some other form of Oriental medicine besides acupuncture, such as herbs or bodywork (e.g., shiatsu).
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.
There are many books that explain Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, one of the best books I have found is: Between Heaven And Earth: A Guide To Chinese Medicine by Harriet Beinfield L.A.c. and Efrem Korngold L.A.c. OMD. Not only does it explain the basics but explains different personality types and has recipes to prepare to maintain your health. But there are others like a The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk
To celebrate AOM day
The Three Lotus Dragon Acupuncture Wellness Center will have a 2-20-20 event on Wednesday, October 24 from 9am-6pm at 328 N. San Mateo Dr. Suite C San Mateo, Ca. 94401 800-886-4813. The 2-20-20 event is two needles for twenty minutes for twenty dollars. Visit http://www.threelotusdragon.com/blog for more info.