When the wonderfully effective practice of acupuncture becomes common in the United States, health-care might become more affordable. We could pay less for better health care. Anesthesiologists might lose most of their work. We would get better care of our health because acupuncture handles a significant number of procedures better than do present practices.
MDs, surgeons, and anesthesiologists form a group not interested in supporting acupuncture for fear of experiencing a drop in income. Anesthesiologists might have a good reason for that fear.
The huge amount of drugs American doctors prescribe would probably lessen. Acupuncture is is great for reducing pain and for eliminating it. Fewer prescriptions would mean less profit for drug manufacturers and savings for many of us. Drug manufacturers have formed and use powerful lobbying organizations in Washington. Drug companies contribute huge sums of money to selected kinds of medical research.
Drug manufactures are unlikely to support a health system founded on a broad base of health expertise rather than one based on the use of drugs.
So, a large part of the present medical establishment is organized to resist the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture is better for health than it is for business.
For the individual, acupuncture could mean significantly lower medical costs and better health. What can an individual do about acupuncture and better care of our health? Not much. However, individuals can do all that is necessary. Please not the "s" I have used as the last letter in the word "individuals." Individuals know about cooperation and can act together to form powerful organizations. Organizing need not be complicated, but it does take persistence.
by Richard Sheehan
for Mago Bill