My first introduction to Acupuncture was during a study abroad trip in college. I was majoring in anthropology and the trip brought us to the Tyrolean Alps, located between Italy and Austria. A frozen mummy was discovered there in 2001 that dates back 5,200 years. The mummy was very well preserved, and actually had numerous tattoos that were later discovered to correspond with acupuncture channels and points that are still used today. For a medicine to have survived for so long, there must be something to it. After completing my BA I decided to try acupuncture myself. I was blown away by the results. So I decided to complete my graduate studies in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, earning a Masters in Science and Oriental Medicine, and finally a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
For thousands of years Acupuncture was part of China’s primary medicine — it was not an “alternative” treatment as it is in the West. It’s been used to treat nearly every possible ailment from asthma to diabetes and sports injuries. Today, here in the West, many people are looking for safer and gentler approaches to health instead of always turning first to pharmaceuticals. Unlike pharmaceuticals, acupuncture done by a properly trained practitioner has zero side effects, other than relaxation. The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization has determined Acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for over 40 commonly occurring conditions.
Here is the complete list from the WHO website.