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Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine and used for pain relief and treatment of various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. This alternative form of medicine regarded as the Chinese healing art of acupuncture goes back at least two thousand years of its history. Since the end of the 20th century, acupuncture has become popular in the West and other countries around the world.
The acupuncture doctrine tries to explain that all diseases are caused by an imbalance of energy in the body. This balance can be restored by stimulating the acupuncture points. For this thin needles are inserted into the body at its specific points and to various depth. It helps to improve the state of health, reduce the pain and even treat some diseases.
The Chinese believe that acupuncture treats almost everything and use it as a way of treatment for a wide range of diseases and health problems. Here is a list with some of them: depression, chronic pain and fatigue, headaches, migraines, blood pressure problems, vertigo, fibromyalgia, muscle, and joint pains, sprains, and strains, osteoarthritis, arthritis, rheumatic disorders, asthma, eczema, pains arising from disease, nerve inflammation, pain from injuries, dental pain, whooping cough, sciatica, swelling of the extremities, tingling sensations, bloatedness, constipation, stomach, and digestive pains, including peptic ulcer, menstrual pain, and fertility treatments, allergies, nausea, and vomiting, etc. Some use acupuncture for treating even cancer, diabetes, and drug abuse.
Nowadays acupuncture is successfully used to attempt pain relief in many different countries, and show good results in combination with other forms of treatment. In 2010, acupuncture was placed on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.