10,000 BC

Archeologists date Chinese bian (long, slender stone knives) and descriptions for blood-letting and draining energy from the body to heal it.

100 BC

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, a document that was written in approximately 100 BC, clearly outlines the healing art of acupuncture.


Not long after President Richard Nixon’s 1972 historymaking trip to China, the first legal acupuncture center was opened in the United States by Dr. Yao Wu Lee, a Chinese electrical engineer and doctor of Oriental medicine.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), formally acknowledged acupuncture for its value in treating a myriad of health conditions in a 1997 report.

20 Million

A National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine survey (NCCAOM) speculates that approximately 20 million adults have tried acupuncture.


NCCAOM reports that in 2014 there were approximately 33,000 licensed acupuncturists in the United States.


A 2016 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine finds that for 79% of those who use complementary and alternative medicine modalities acupuncture was the No. 1 treatment used.