In reality, acupuncture has been a serious force in the West since the Republic of China reopened its doors in 1970. While in 1997 there were 385.9 million visits to mainstream primary care physicians, there were 628.8 million visits to complementary alternative medicine practitioners. Reflecting this public demand, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of the nation's insurers covered acupuncture treatments in 1996. Furthermore, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine estimates that nearly one out of every 10 adults in the United States has tried acupuncture.
In India , however, acupuncture has yet to make its mark as a medical option, let alone as standard practice. Long ago, acupuncture was practiced in India as part of Ayurveda medicine, the traditional healing system of India . Yet even at the height of Ayurveda medicine popularity, acupuncture was typically only used for those diseases that did not respond to Ayurvedic treatment. With the onset of British rule and their promotion of the Western system of medicine in India , the art of Ayurveda medicine and acupuncture was largely lost.