Since its introduction of Acupuncture in to the United States in 1970s, guidelines and regulations for education, practice, and regulation in acupuncture have been established and implemented. American practices of acupuncture embraced medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. Acupuncture is a recognized form of treatment in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for treatment in 1996. The FDA regulation requires use of acupuncture needles to one use only to prevent transmission of diseases.
Even though acupuncture has been shown to be effective in verities of conditions, the popularity of acupuncture in US is mainly based on its ability to relieve chronic pain, especially from conditions such as arthritis or lower back disorders. Evidence from some clinical studies support the use of acupuncture in the setting of chronic and acute or sudden pain.
Acupuncture is widely taught in the United States. The most common style taught in American schools is called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture, but five element and neuro-anatomical acupuncture are also widely taught. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that Americans make 9 to 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners and spent as much as $500 million on acupuncture treatments. In 1995, an estimated 10,000 nationally certified acupuncturists were practicing in the United States.