medicine remained in the shadow of western medicine until the Long March of
1934-5. Without drugs, anesthetics or surgery vast numbers of sick and
wounded soldiers faced death until doctors of traditional Chinese medicine
achieved amazing results using acupuncture and other traditional methods of
From this point on, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine
were practiced side by side in China. Under the People's Republic of China,
established in 1948, all branches of TCM were nurtured and encouraged to
grow. By 1978, whole hospitals and research departments were devoted to the
practice of TCM.
Today traditional acupuncture is practiced all around the world and clinical
trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to
benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognized option within
Most people find
acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may
feel tired or sleepy and should take this into account if you are planning
to drive or use machinery straight after your treatment. Acupuncture has
very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and
self-correcting. Cupping and guasha can sometimes temporarily mark the skin.
Such bruising is painless and generally clears within a day or two.
Two surveys conducted
independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in
2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is
less than 1 in 10,000.
A total of 66,000 treatments were reviewed in both surveys, one of
traditional acupuncturists and the other of doctors who practice
acupuncture, with only a handful of minor and transient side effects.
A 2003 patient survey of 6,000 acupuncture patients revealed almost
There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practiced by a fully
qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. The needles used are
ultra-fine, single-use, sterile and disposable and any side effects, such as
dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.
(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) for
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