18 Facts About Acupuncture


Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body.

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Acupuncture is a pseudoscience; the theories and practices of TCM are not based on scientific knowledge, and it has been characterized as quackery.

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Acupuncture is most often used to attempt pain relief, though acupuncturists say that it can be used for a wide range of other conditions.

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Acupuncture is generally used only in combination with other forms of treatment.

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Acupuncture is generally safe when done by appropriately trained practitioners using clean needle technique and single-use needles.

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Acupuncture fluctuated in popularity in China due to changes in the country's political leadership and the preferential use of rationalism or Western medicine.

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Acupuncture spread first to Korea in the 6th century AD, then to Japan through medical missionaries, and then to Europe, beginning with France.

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Acupuncture is generally only used in combination with other forms of treatment.

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Acupuncture needles are typically made of stainless steel, making them flexible and preventing them from rusting or breaking.

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Acupuncture is not better than mainstream treatment in the long term.

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Acupuncture is generally safe when administered by an experienced, appropriately trained practitioner using clean-needle technique and sterile single-use needles.

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Acupuncture seems to be safe in people getting anticoagulants, assuming needles are used at the correct location and depth, but dtudies are required to verify these findings.

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Acupuncture is a substantial part of traditional Chinese medicine .

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Acupuncture became more established in China as improvements in paper led to the publication of more acupuncture books.

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Acupuncture began to spread to Europe in the second half of the 17th century.

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Acupuncture became the most popular alternative medicine in the US.

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Acupuncture is most heavily practiced in China and is popular in the US, Australia, and Europe.

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Acupuncture is used in most pain clinics and hospices in the UK.

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