Acupuncture is safe, simple, effective and economical. It can be used by personnel after a short period of training to some extent.
Western medicine, however, being the prime practice, many people, even in west, are becoming more aware of the manifold and horrendous side effects of extract of pure chemical drug therapy.
Many retired allopathic doctors recollect their compulsive but silent propaganda done supporting multi-billon pharmaceutical industry, to safe guard their profession during their time of practices.
The practice of prescribing, alarming quantity of, especially steroid based drugs by allopathic practitioners even in minor self-limiting illness like the common cold, insomnia, constipation, head-ache and gastro- enteritis has given a second to look for alternative medicine like acupuncture.
Acupuncture is handy in remote locations as submarine missions, polar missions, and space travel where medical team help is not immediate and possible. Russian cosmonauts carry acupuncture needles on their space missions.