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What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. It is based on the concept that disease results from a disruption in the flow of qi (energy) and an imbalance in the forces of yin and yang (the two opposing yet complementary forces described in traditional Chinese medicine). Acupuncture aims to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi through the stimulation of specific points on the body. With acupuncture, improving health is accomplished by a variety of techniques, including the insertion of hair thin sterile needles into the skin to remove blockages in the flow of qi.

Acupuncture became better known in the U.S in 1971 when James Reston, a New York Times reporter who was travelling with President Nixon, wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after an emergency appendectomy. Since then, acupuncture has been gaining so much acceptance in the U.S that it is becoming mainstream. In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a landmark study showing proven acupuncture results for specific conditions, and according to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey, it was estimated that over 3.1 million adults and 150,000 children in the U.S had used acupuncture in the previous year.

Today, acupuncture has many uses. It is used to relieve symptoms of a specific disorder; it is used to help reduce complications and recurrence; it is used to help people reduce the need for medication and surgery; and it is used as an effective form of preventative medicine.

What is Acupuncture
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