The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) has released the results of a national survey concerning the use of acupuncture in the United States. The survey, part of a public awareness campaign designed to avail Americans of the benefits of Asian healing, found that nearly one out of every ten adults in the U.S. has tried acupuncture. Adjusting these figures for the total number of American adults, the survey results indicate that approximately 20 million Americans over the age of 18 have tried acupuncture at some time in their life.
"This survey shows that acupuncture and Oriental medicine are clearly playing a role in the American health care system, either as freestanding modalities or complements to Western practice," observed Christina S. Herlihy, PhD, NCCAOM's chief executive officer. "At the same time, it indicates that there is a need for continued research and public education so more people can access and benefit from this important system of medicine."
The survey was conducted online by the internationally-known research firm Harris Interactive, and included 2,717 Americans age 18 or older. The survey was weighted for factors such as age; sex; race; education; region; and income to give a balanced representation of the U.S. population. The survey consisted of six multiple-choice questions:
- Have you ever received acupuncture?
- How satisfied were you with your acupuncture treatment?
- What was your primary reason for seeking acupuncture?
- What is your primary reason for not considering acupuncture?
- Which one of the following best describes you?
- Besides acupuncture, have you ever utilized any other treatment based on traditional Oriental medicine principles?