Acupuncture originated in China about 5,000 years ago and remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still the primary medical system for 1/4 of the world’s population. Although its use spread throughout Asia, little was known about it in the West until President Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China in 1971, when a New York Times reporter named James Reston wrote about receiving treatment in China by doctors who used needles to reduce his pain after having surgery.
Since then there has been a rapid growth in the awareness and use of Chinese Medicine in Western countries. There are several reasons for this rapid rise in popularity. Efficacy, word of mouth and copious clinical research supports the use of acupuncture for a variety of conditions.
In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat nearly four dozen common ailments, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and neck/shoulder pain); emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety); circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis); and gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis).
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