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Acupuncture has been practiced in America for over 200 years. It was utilized by Eastern immigrants and a small handful of physicians and surgeons in the early 1800’s (including Benjamin Franklin’ great-grandson). But acupuncture’s growing interest in the United States is often said to have begun in 1971, prompted by the New York Times article “Now, About My Operation in Peking.” Written by journalist James Reston, who was sent to China in preparation for President Nixon’s landmark visit that year, the article conveyed Reston’s experience receiving acupuncture and moxibustion for post-surgery pain. It sparked a nation-wide curiosity.
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