Acupuncture as a branch of Chinese Medicine originated in China over 3,500 years ago making it one of the oldest healing modalities in the world. Although it had spread all over Asia and Europe long before, little was known about it in the United States until the 1970s. During former President Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1971, a journalist working for the New York Times who was accompanying him developed appendicitis requiring an emergency appendectomy. After his surgery he was treated in China with acupuncture to assist in both post-operative recovery and pain relief. He was so impressed by the results he saw that he wrote an article for the New York Times titled “Now, About My Operation in Peking.” In the late 1970s the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized acupuncture and Chinese medicine for treating approximately four dozen common ailments. As they say, the rest is history. Acupuncture has evolved and gained more and more notoriety over the past 50 years in the United States from both word of mouth, as well as the the countless studies that have supported its efficacy in restoring and maintaining health and improving overall quality of life.