|Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles
into the skin at particular points on the body, to prevent or treat
ill health or maintain good health. This is thought to stimulate the
body’s ability to heal. Acupuncture
is one element of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which
is an integrated system of primary healthcare that also utilises Herbal
medicine, Massage, exercise and diet,
that has an uninterrupted history of development dating back
around four thousand years in China and other parts of East Asia.
Acupuncture in China can be traced back at least two thousand
Western Medical Acupuncture, developed over
the last thirty years or so, is a form of Acupuncture similar
to Traditional Chinese acupuncture, but is based on the principles
of modern conventional medicine. It is usually used as an adjunct
to conventional treatment rather than a stand-alone therapy.
Many physicians have discovered independently that pressing, stimulating or injecting various superficial body points may help to relieve pain, particularly muscular or rheumatic-like pains. These points are not necessarily at the site of pain, but often over distant areas known as referred pain.
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