History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still the primary medical system for a ¼ of the world’s population.

Although its use spread throughout Asia it wasn’t until the late 1970’s that its use began to spread through Western countries. Since then there has been a rapid growth in the awareness and use of Chinese medicine. There are several reasons for this rapid rise in popularity; its efficiency, word of mouth and copious clinical research supports the use of acupuncture for a variety of conditions.

In the late 1970’s the World Health Organisation recognised that acupuncture and oriental medicine can be used to treat over 40 common ailments, including;

  • neuro- musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and neck/shoulder pain
  • emotional and psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • circulatory disorders such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anaemia
  • repertory disorders such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis
  • gastrointestinal conditions such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weaknesses, anorexia and gastritis.

Recently there has been a rise in the use of acupuncture to enhance fertility and support patients during IVF treatment.