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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on the idea that energy fows through the
human body along 12 lines or meridians. These meridians end up at
organs in the body, and illness is the result of a blockage of the
energy fow to these organs. To remove the blockage, an
acupuncturist inserts very fne needles into the body at points along
the meridians. This stimulates the fow of energy, and restores the
patients health.
What is the history of acupuncture?
Traditional !hinese medicine has been practised for around "###
years in the $ar %ast, but is relatively recent in the &est, and
acupuncture only really became well'known in the &est in the 1()#s
as people began to travel more fre*uently between the two areas of
the world.
A signifcant event in the history of acupuncture came in 1()1,
What can acupuncture be used to treat?
+n the $ar %ast acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of
complaints, and is also used as a preventative medicine, since it is
thought to increase the bodys resistance to infection. +n the &est,
the treatment is often used to relieve headaches, dental pain, back
pain, and arthritis, and to treat depression, asthma, stress, high
blood pressure and an,iety.
Who uses acupuncture?
-ince acupuncture is known to be e.ective against pain, it is not
surprising that many sportspeople have e,perimented with
acupuncture when fghting in/ury. 0artina 1ingis, the famous tennis
player, had a wrist in/ury cured through treatment, and %nglish
2remier 3ivision football club 4olton &anderers employ an
acupuncturist to keep their s*uad in good physical condition
What are the risks?
$inally, if you do decide to visit an acupuncturist, it is important that
you check that they are *ualifed and registered to practise
acupuncture. +n the past some people have e,perienced allergic
reactions, broken needles and even punctured lungs while being
treated, although this is very uncommon.
homeopathy (n) a way of treating illnesses using very small
amounts of natural substances.
osteopathy (n) the treatment of in/uries to bones and muscles
using pressure and movement.
re!e"o#o$y (n) a treatment in which your feet are rubbed and
pressed in a special way in order to improve blood fow and help you
5efe,ology is an alternative medical treatment.
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