Mark your calendars… Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day is just months away. Held annually on October 24th, AOM Day aims to raise public awareness and support for the use of acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese and Oriental medicine.
Acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine/treatment in which thin needles are placed inside the skin to promote the body’s own self-healing mechanism. It’s frequently used to treat pain, inflammation, and dozens of physical and mental conditions. Acupuncture originated in China during the Shang Dynasty (600–1100 BCE) but has since spread throughout the world, with millions of people now using it to improve their lives.
Newcomers are often skeptical of the effectiveness of acupuncture. However, a survey conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that roughly 1 in 10 adults have received acupuncture. The survey also found that 60% of respondents said they would consider regular acupuncture sessions as a from of treatment.
Last year, Rick Snyder, our Governor signed a proclamation naming October 24th Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day in Michigan! His support of AOM Day is one small step in raising awareness for this safe and effective traditional practice.
AOM Day is sponsored through a partnership of prestigious research, educational and professional institutions, including the Council of State Associations, Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Whether you’re suffering from a particular health ailment, or if you simply want to learn more about the practice of acupuncture, you should take advantage of AOM Day by scheduling an appointment. Who knows, you might discover a powerful new way to treat one or more conditions from which you suffer.
Stay Well —Vikki