Acupuncture is not a modern treatment even though it has only become widely accepted in the Western world in recent decades. There were American studios on the fringes offering acupuncture treatment decades ago, back when the idea of having someone stick pins into a person’s body was shocking. These days, people would hardly blink: they’ve heard it all before. Acupuncture is not quackery. This ancient Chinese practice has gained acceptance in North America because millions of people believe it has helped them, particularly in coping with chronic or severe pain.
You will often find an acupuncture clinic situated in a complex which also houses a chiropractor’s office, massage therapy, a yoga studio, and other natural health practices or services. The businesses within this complex promote each other and the idea that holistic well-being is achieved by addressing health from various angles, ideally without the use of invasive treatment or drugs. There is no guarantee that every practitioner within this business complex is equally skilled or legitimate, but there is a good chance the other companies would not risk their good reputations promoting a charlatan. They will distance themselves if another firm’s reputation becomes justly tarnished.
Note, too, that professionals in this industry behave like any other practitioner. Ongoing education is an important part of their job. Successful and skillful individuals seek further education and join organizations which promote accountability and safety.