CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Chinese acupuncture popular in US

09-03-2010 08:56 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

As a traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture used to be unusual to foreign people. But now in the US, it is becoming more and more popular.

To American people, choosing acupuncture is a bold choice but a potentially fast cure. Many patients turn to acupuncture when traditional western treatment fails to cure them. Nancy Cooper, a market promoter with Vogue magazine is one of them.

Patient Nancy Cooper said, "I've had pain, pain in my neck, pain in my shoulders, which probably comes from stress. And I've tried physical therapy,that didn't work. In fact it made it worse. Acupuncture is what I had here and I'm immediately better."

Acupuncture is winning American people's hearts for another reason. That is, a new and healthier life style.

US acupuncturist Song Jun said, "More and more Americans are pursuing a natural lifestyle. To keep fit, they are avoiding medicine and operations and choosing acupuncture, massage, Chinese medicine and chiropractice. Such treatments are very popular in the United States right now."

Acupuncture was first introduced into America by journalist James Reston, who escaped his operation pain with the help of acupuncture. Chinese medicine then became a hit in the United States.

An act was drafted in 2009 to include acupuncture in America's medicare reform package. Certain US insurance companies have already been paying for acupuncture since June. It means a good start for acupuncture in the US as it's on the way toward being accepted by the country's medicare system.

Wu Guoqing, fromer vice president of California Acupuncture Committee, said, "United States actually is spending almost as much money now on alternative medicine as opposed to traditional medicine. For some people want to find something else. Maybe they don't want to use drugs, or they don't want to use certain types of traditional medicines. So acupuncture and herbs are very very very important for them."

If the act is passed, it will enable 52 million senior US citizens to enjoy free acupuncture by the year 2014. The US government will also benefit from its inexpensive costs.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program