The first record of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Huang di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine), was compiled over 2500 years ago in China. Acupuncture emerged as an important component of Oriental Medicine more than 2000 years ago. Today acupuncture has reached most parts of the globe and over the past two decades it has grown in popularity in the United States. Acupuncture is a safe medical procedure, well known for its efficacy and lack of side effects when administered by a qualified practitioner. Acupuncture has been used to treat and cure a wide variety of health problems, the most common of which include asthma, arthritis, palsy, impotence, sciatica, chronic or acute back and neck pain, headaches, ulcers, diabetes, colitis, gastrointestinal problems, genito-urinary conditions, and the common cold.
Acupuncture has gained greater acceptance among both the medical community and the public. Interest in acupuncture has brought about support from medical establishments such as the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that in effectiveness-design trials for a variety of conditions where acupuncture has been compared to standard care, acupuncture generally produces superior pain relief, and when acupuncture plus standard care (following clinical practice guidelines) was used for specific types of pain it yielded a statistically significant and clinically meaningful superiority to standard care alone.
Medical practitioners are becoming more familiar with acupuncture, and some are seeking to incorporate acupuncture into their practices. It is used by all branches of the Military to treat many conditions including pain and PTSD.
Acupuncture is considered one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. It is a licensed profession in 55 states plus the District of Columbia. In the US, visits to acupuncturists tripled to 17.6 million, between 1997 and 2007, according to a federal report on alternative medicine. As interest and recognition of acupuncture expands nationally, graduates of the Masters programs in Acupuncture at New York College are entering the world of health and healing at a time when opportunities to practice, research, and teach are increasing. The skills learned in training at the New York College enable graduates to successfully establish and expand their practices to treat patients of all ages with a wide variety of health difficulties.