Citing its “long and rich history as components of a comprehensive traditional medical system that has been used for thousands of years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being,” Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed October 24 as “Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Awareness Day” in Michigan.
This is the fourth year the governor has recognized the importance of acupuncture and oriental medicine, noting that practitioners are “dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and maintain these standards through education, credentialing and a personal commitment.”
An estimated 36 percent of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
“It is vital that those in need of medical services understand the full realm of available modalities and seek competent and professional care,” Gov. Snyder said in his proclamation.