As part of Obamacare, acupuncture and select other complementary healing arts will be covered by major health insurance plans starting 2014 in California and Maryland. This absorption of acupuncture into mainstream medicine is largely due to it being cost effective and the growing demand from the public for natural healing alternatives. As a result, acupuncture will become a rapidly growing field increasing the demand for skilled acupuncturists.
According to Acupuncture Today, a British study was conducted, focusing specifically on acupuncture’s cost-effectiveness in treating chronic knee pain. The study concluded that one-third of patients with knee osteoarthritis, who were candidates for total knee replacement surgery, had achieved long-term symptom relief after two years. Published on Sept. 12, 2012, the study determined that the acupuncture treatments had saved approximately $162,000 per year for patients within the study group.
With data demonstrating acupuncture as being less costly and an effective complementary treatment for chronic pain, the demand for acupuncture professionals is projected to increase. For those considering a career as an acupuncturist, now is the right time to complete a degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine to meet the growing demand that will only increase in the future.