Obama stated in a town hall meeting that he could use some acupuncture for a stiff back. When it was mentioned to him that alternative medicine is often more cost-effective and result-positive as conventional medicine, the President said, “it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments — or at least as effective as more intrusive interventions.”
Obama also noted that the problem with implementing acupuncture and other alternative medicines into health policies is that the policy makers and insurance providers are thinking short-term. They recognize that preventative medicine may not show results immediately while policy makers and politicians are in office or while a person is employed with one company. That is part of the challenge.