Acupuncture is a one of the oldest forms of healing in the world. It originated in China and developed throughout Asia in the last 2,500 years. Acupuncture remains an important source of medical treatment in Asia, and is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States and the world today. Acupuncture gained popularity in the USA since 1971 when the New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about it after his journey to China. During his visit he underwent an emergency appendectomy and acupuncture was used for his post surgical pain. Although acupuncture is best known to treat pain, it is now recognized to treat many psychological, neurological, muscular-skeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal disorders.