The current acceptance, accessibility and recognition of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine in the United States in the public, governmental, and industrial sectors.


Journal Article

To assess the current level of acceptance in the United States of complementary and alternative medicine, recent research into the prevalence, acceptance, accessibility, and recognition of complementary and alternative therapies were reviewed. Several signs point to an increasing acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine in the United States; the use of complementary and alternative medicine is significantly increasing, many aspects of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are becoming mainstream, practitioners in the United States are beginning to be licensed, and insurance companies are beginning to cover some complementary and alternative therapies. Remaining challenges to true acceptance include the restrictive Western mindset, the absence of published studies, a lack of consistent manufacturing processes and quality standards, and a fear of adulteration. Although the field still faces many challenges, alternative and complementary medicine, including Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, is becoming more accepted and accessible in the United States.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Park, JJ; Beckman-Harned, S; Cho, G; Kim, D; Kim, H

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 405 - 408

PubMed ID

  • 22821653

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22821653

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1672-0415

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11655-012-1110-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • China