It may surprise you to find that medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. My opinion is acupuncture should be considered before surgical and pharmaceutical intervention because it is gentle and associated with very little to no risk. Drugs and surgery have an important place in medicine, but are being substantially over prescribed. The current opioid epidemic is a more recent example. There are many factors contributing to the alarming statistic that claims over 250,000 lives every year. One reason is ignorance on behalf of medical professionals who aren’t aware or knowledgable of therapies that exist today or have continually existed for thousands of years, be it intentional or unintentional. Another is the potential conflict of interest stemming from companies, that provide incentives to push specific drugs or procedures to patients. That being said, there are plenty of acupuncturists who don’t practice what they preach either.