ancient-traditional-diagramBrief History
Originating in China more than 5,000 years ago, acupuncture is part of the oldest continually practiced medical system in the world, and one of the most commonly used medical procedures even today.

Outside of China, in other parts of Asia, Europe, and South America acupuncture has been used for about 200 years. In the U. S. acupuncture has been available since 1972 when an aide of President Nixon was successfully treated in China. All told, acupuncture is used by nearly one-third of the world as a primary health care system and many more as an adjuvant therapy.


What is Acupuncture?  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture]
Acupuncture is an Asian method of treating many medical problems by inserting fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in preventing and treating many health concerns. The Chinese have mapped these points over a period of at least three thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.


Principles of Treatment
The fundamental principles of acupuncture are to treat the person as an integrated whole in body, mind, and spirit, and to remedy the root cause of illness and disease, not only the symptoms. Acupuncture is a component of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) system of medicine. As such, a diagnosis based on TCM is generally made before the acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to be an effective way to treat disease. As with any healing modality, be it conventional western medicine or a complementary system such as acupuncture, a positive mental outlook and lifestyle can reinforce the effects of treatment, just as a negative attitude or lifestyle can hinder healing.

An extremely wide range of health issues can benefit from acupuncture, since it works by promoting the body’s natural ability to heal. Practitioners around the world treat a wide array of acute and chronic disorders. To look for internet articles on specific diseases, search the keyword “acupuncture” at the National Institutes of Health [www.nih.gov]. The NIH officially endorses acupuncture treatments, especially in the area of pain management.

National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org)

National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org)

Acupuncture’s Growth in the U.S.
Although some people have been skeptical about acupuncture, it has gained increasing acceptance as more and more people have been treated and helped by it. The fact that acupuncture benefits so many people who have not been helped by conventional medical methods is indicative of its healthcare potential in this country. Many different health problems can benefit from acupuncture, sometimes with just a few treatments.

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