CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) is combined with Western medicine
Oriental medicine in the United States has strong ties with western healing systems. It is not a substitute for western medicine. They are both complementary systems. Generally speaking, western medicine is best for acute illnesses and for diagnostic procedures. Chronic illnesses often respond better to Oriental medicine. Most acupuncture patients have already had western medical diagnosis and treatment of their conditions but they need further help.
The World Health Organization has officially recognized acupuncture as suitable for the treatment of more than three hundred common clinical disorders. It is also used for preventive care and health maintenance.
Acupuncture is a truly holistic system of health care.