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The Science of Acupuncture

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  • Acupuncture is an ancient holistic health care system still widely practiced in China
  • Each year, millions of Americans also turn to acupuncture to relieve chronic pain, high blood pressure, nausea, and much more
  • Some Chinese hospitals offer acupuncture and allopathic medicine side-by-side, allowing patients to choose. Acupuncture may even be used in lieu of anesthetic drugs during surgery
  • The science and art of acupuncture is well documented and spans across centuries, all the way back to the Stone Age. Records of its use have been found in many parts of the world, not just the Orient
  • A novel experiment shows that acupuncture treats pain by deactivating certain parts of the brain, particularly in the limbic system, which is involved with pain perception
  • Chinese doctors assert that acupuncture can be used to treat virtually ANY illness. Scientific studies also support the use of acupuncture for dozens of diseases and health conditions

By Dr. Mercola

Acupuncture is an ancient holistic health care system still widely practiced in China. It falls under the wider umbrella, known in the West as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes the use of herbs and other therapies. Diagnostic systems also include tongue and pulse diagnosis.


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