Originating in China about 5,000 years ago, acupuncture is the oldest continuously
practiced medical system in the world. 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 adjunctive therapy. 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.
Although well known in the U.S. for pain relief, acupuncture is effective for a wide
variety of problems. It has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the
United Nations and the National Institutes of Health. These bodies have declared acupuncture
an effective treatment for the following conditions:
Addictions, Headaches, Arthritis, Infections (cold & flu), Back pain, Insomnia, Carpal
tunnel, Female disorders, Nausea, Muscle & joint pain, Depression,
Skin Disorders, Digestive ailments, Sinusitus, Fibromayalgia, Stroke rehabilitation,
Tinnitus, Urinary problems.