Recently, a bill signed by President Trump made many American netizens excited.
Trump has signed a bill called H.R.6, which aims to find alternative drugs and treatments for pain and curb the spread of opioid analgesics in the United States.
Politico, an American political news website, noted that the bill included acupuncture, medical massage and other alternative therapies to be evaluated. This means that Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion will hopefully be recognized by the U.S. Department of Health as one of the pain replacement therapies paid by the Federal Insurance.
In recent years, the abuse of analgesics has become a crisis sweeping across the United States. Data show that in 2017 alone, 72,000 Americans died from overdosing, with about two-thirds of them dying from overdosing with opioid analgesics, a record high.
In August 2017, Trump also made it clear that the overflow of painkillers was a national crisis: We will spend a lot of time, energy and money to solve this crisis.
Trump signed the bill at the scene.
In the social media and forums, a large number of Americans have been calling for the inclusion of acupuncture and moxibustion in the federal health insurance category. No wonder this time when I learned that the bill had been signed, some people left a message on the Internet with great excitement and said, Its finally time! Acupuncture may join our national health insurance. I was overwhelmed with joy. Im used to going to a Chinese clinic to treat back pain.
And American netizens say, I love acupuncture! The experience is particularly sour. Every time after the acupuncture, the pain is relieved and the pressure is relieved.
Nevertheless, there have been voices in Western society questioning the efficacy of acupuncture and other clinical therapies of traditional Chinese medicine.
In the United States, there are also some people who claim that there is no scientific basis for the efficacy of acupuncture and moxibustion, and that public resources should not be wasted on it.
In fact, as early as the 1970s, Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion was widely used in the United States, and was recognized and protected by many state laws. A survey conducted in 2012 showed that more than 15 million adults in the United States used acupuncture.
Besides box office, Chinese acupuncture has also gained a good reputation in the United States. Many American celebrities have become fans of TCM therapy.
American reality show star Kim Kardashian is one of the faithful fans of acupuncture and moxibustion. American swimmer Phelps, who has won numerous gold medals, often carries the imprint of cupping. The Associated Press even published an article saying that Phelps spoke for cupping.
Kadashian was treated with acupuncture (left); The Associated Press reported that Phelps loved cupping (right).
As for the rapid development of acupuncture and moxibustion in the United States, an article published on the website of American Public Radio International commented that although the principle of acupuncture and moxibustion still needs more confirmation, it brings real curative effect to patients.
The article refers to the experience of an American veteran who was seriously injured in his spine during a mortar attack while stationed in Iraq in 2005. After returning home, he had several operations, and finally had to sit in a wheelchair. He was miserable every day. For the first few years, the doctor had been prescribing strong opioids to control pain, but he felt that the drugs made him dizzy and the effect was not very good, so he decided to try acupuncture therapy of traditional Chinese medicine.
At present, the veteran soldier will receive acupuncture treatment in Philadelphia every two weeks. According to the article, the effect of acupuncture and moxibustion is real and intuitive for patients who suffer from pain every day like him. The veteran now returns to normal life, which he attributes to the efficacy of acupuncture: Acupuncture keeps me away from pain, which is beyond the reach of drugs.
In the US Q & a website Quora, when someone asked, what is the scientific basis for acupuncture? At that time, many enthusiastic foreign Netizens found the discussion articles on acupuncture and moxibustion therapy in academic journals. More acupuncture loyal fans production of acupuncture and moxibustion video on Quora to Amway netizens.
Reference videos show that acupunctural, medical and military systems in the United States have long generally agreed on the replacement of opioids with acupuncture.
In an introduction to acupuncture and moxibustion, the official website of the National Complementary and Comprehensive Health Center of the United States said that acupuncture and moxibustion may help alleviate low back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis pain, as well as reduce the frequency of tension headache and prevent migraine. The Center believes that as long as the needle is given by an experienced and trained acupuncturist, the needle can be detoxified and it is generally safe.
Just in February, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (VHA) included acupuncturists in the medical system catalogue and began recruiting licensed acupuncturists in March. This means that the federal agencies have officially recognized the occupation of therapists after the States.
As of January 1 this year, the number of licensed acupuncturists in the United States has increased by 257% compared with 1998, reaching about 38,000. There are also about 60 accredited acupunctural schools in the United States.
Today, at least 44 states in the United States have recognized the legalization of acupuncture and moxibustion. Industry experts believe that the signing of the H.R.6 Act will make it possible for acupuncture and moxibustion to enter the United States health insurance system and usher in the opportunity for further development.
Spanish universities have acupuncture and moxibustion courses: they do not know anything about acupuncture.
Western media said that although the University of San Diego de Campostra had opened a masters degree course in acupuncture and moxibustion as early as 22 years ago, traditional Chinese medicine therapy was blocked by the Pseudo-Medical Victim Protection Association and could not be implemented in Colleges and universities.
According to the Effie News Agency on October 16, the debate on whether to offer acupuncture courses in Spanish public schools has reached a level of tension. Opponents warn that the operation of the therapy is totally inappropriate for patients and that its effectiveness depends on their luck, while supporters criticize the former for ignoring acupuncture and moxibustion.