Here is a 30 min film put out by the British Acupuncture Council or you can skip down to read some infomation
Acupuncture a part of Traditional East Asian Medicine is an alternative health-care system that can offer real relief for a variety of medical conditions. Traditional East Asian Medicine treats disease by re-establishing healthy physiology. It is recognized world-wide for its ability to treat a wide variety of disorders naturally – without the use of harmful drugs or invasive surgery and with virtually no side effects.
(WHO on acupuncture)
Acupuncture is a natural, safe and effective treatment that heals pain and illness, prevents disease and improves well being. It is one component of East Asian Medicine which is a complete holistic medical system. Other components include herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, massage and qigong. Acupuncture has been used for over two-thousand years to help millions of people be well and stay well. It is the oldest, continuously practiced professional medicine in the world and is currently used by one-quarter of the world’s population.
Acupuncture is a therapy which involves the gentle insertion of very thin, sterile and disposable needles into specific points on the skin which create an effect within the body. Alone, or as an adjunct to western medicine, acupuncture provides highly effective treatment for many common complaints and may provide additional relief for problems that do not respond completely to western treatment
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