1. The French bank clerk George Soulié de Morant, translated a 2,000-year-old medical text written in an ancient Chinese dialect into French. His translations and school of thought became the source of textbooks in Western schools of Chinese medicine.
2. In 2002, the National Institutes of Health announced that pain coming from certain muscular skeletal conditions like fibromyalgia could be helped by acupuncture. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread muscular skeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues that affect more than three million people in the US per year.
3. Modern acupuncture needles are manufactured to a high standard. The majority of modern acupuncture needles are made out of stainless steel, a material malleable enough that it can be shaped into needles of varying dimensions and yet strong enough to withstand insertion into skin without risk of deformity.
4. Acupuncturists feel your pulse and look at your tongue to get a better understanding of what's going on inside of your body. These are great diagnostic tools which can help your acupuncturist devise a treatment plan.
5. In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration classified acupuncture needles as medical devices. By designating instruments of a 2,000-year-old Chinese healing art in the same category with such standard Western medical tools such as scalpels and syringes, the FDA removed a major barrier for insurance coverage for acupuncture treatments.