|Why is Acupuncture slow to become popular in America?|
Mostly ignorance and a resistance to change.
Today, acupuncture is widely practiced in Asia, the former Soviet Union, and in Europe. It has recently become more popular in the USA. On the West Coast, especially, the success of Acupuncture is spreading rapidly.
A brief introduction to Acupuncture is now included in many Medical School curriculums. Most Western medicine physicians haven't had any first hand experience with Acupuncture. Also, Science has been slow to discover a firm mechanistic understanding as to why Acupuncture works. Others acknowledge acupuncture's ability to alleviate pain, but have been skeptical of its ability to actually TREAT a wide range of medical conditions.
Acupuncture, however, can be given at the same time as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments. It is quite complimentary to physical therapy, which mostly treats the "range of motion".
Conventional medical doctors are often faced with patients that they just don't seem to be able to treat successfully. Only recently have some medical doctors been trained additionally as Physician Acupuncturists. Medical doctors can now be more assured that they can refer these "difficult" patients to be in the hands of capable Physician Acupuncture specialists.