Acupuncture, simply put, is a health science that is used to treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Being a system of medicine unto itself, it can be used for virtually any imbalance or pathology.
The roots of acupuncture are planted firmly in China. It is estimated that acupuncture is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old and has been used extensively throughout the Far and Middle Eastern worlds. It spread from the Middle East to the Roman Empire and Western Europe, eventually making its way to the United States. In the 1970s acupuncture became better known throughout this country, partly as a result of relaxed diplomatic relations between China and the U.S. Today, acupuncture is becoming ever more popular as part of wider participation in “alternative therapies”, sought out to address common ailments and a new approach to health and healing.
Acupuncture textbooks list well over one hundred different conditions that respond well to acupuncture. The World Health Organization has indicated acupuncture is effective in the following conditions:
This is only a partial list of the numerous conditions Acupuncture has been credited with helping. (adapted from the International Academy of Acupuncture)