Source: The Telegraph
Acupuncture classrooms and clinics are appearing worldwide, from countries such as Britain and the United States, to emerging economies including Brazil and Ethiopia.
Acceptance of the 2,000-year-old form of alternative medicine has spread far beyond Chinese communities. In recent years acupuncture has become the new healthy lifestyle buzz after developing a fan base among royals and celebrities, including Megan Merkel (now the Duchess of Sussex), the actor Matt Damon and the singers Sheryl Crow and Madonna.
Not only is it commonly used to treat pain, nausea and headaches, it is also applied in beauty clinics for conditions such as skin rejuvenation, stress release and weight loss.
Mike Cummings, medical director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, said: “Acupuncture holds a unique position in our medical world today, because some of the benefits it brings to the human body find no substitute in other medical practices.”
It is encouraging to see that acceptance has accelerated amongst medical professionals, especially as the number of high-quality academic articles on acupuncture published in top medical journals has grown, and new research findings are proving the clinical effects of acupuncture.
The treatment involves an acupuncturist inserting fine needles into a patient’s body. No substances are injected through the needles. Instead, they are said to improve the smooth flow of life force energy, known in Chinese as qi, from the body’s primary organs to the skin, muscles, tendons, bones and joints.
These channels through which qi flows are called meridians, along which most acupuncture points are located. In other words, the needles work by repairing damage to the body’s infrastructure to ensure that qi can flow smoothly.
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