Those are definitely positives from an idealistic point of view–but I just have to ask you: do you still have any respect (or hope) for conventional medicine?
The interesting thing is that acupuncture isn’t a “branch” of TCM; TCM is either whole or not in practice. The issue is that a lot of folks don’t take the time to learn Chinese language, culture, or history to get a correct perspective on what it is they’re apparently practicing.
Personally, I could care less whether or not TCM is accepted into mainstream medicine or not. In fact, I prefer it isn’t so as to preserve the millennia of wisdom and understanding. I feel there’s a lack of respect for that in a post-industrialized world that globalizes Western culture at every nook and cranny it can. It has a habit of covering up some of the best human achievements throughout the world in the past few thousand years. TCM is one of those human achievements.
I for one believe that conventional medicine is on its way out because it’s no longer a healing practice; it’s an institutional monster. As more people (especially in the West) are becoming ill with really complex and scary diseases as the result of genetic modification, pollution, and a complete disconnect with nature, spirituality, and consciousness all of the medicine that has historically worked will be in resurgence (and we’re already seeing the tip of this iceberg in the last five years alone).