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Updated: 2006-09-28 19:39:27

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Area:Central Government
Serial No.:Ⅸ-5
Declarer:China Academy of TCM; Chinese Acupuncture Academy

Acupuncture is an important part of Chinese medicine. It was initially invented as a medical treatment technique and gradually became a science.

The treatment of acupuncture, actually made up of acupuncture and moxibustion, is a unique Chinese therapy. It is a kind of treatment that cures inner diseases from outside, and is used to treat various illnesses based on the theories of channels (of the body) and vital points with applications of specific techniques.

Based on the diagnosis and therapy of traditional Chinese medicine, the doctor can find out the pathogeny of illnesses, distinguish the features of diseases, determine which channel and viscera the pathological change belongs to, and identify which type the illness belongs to (inner or outer; cold or heat; insufficiency or excessiveness), and finally make the diagnosis. Then, the doctor can prescribe the corresponding acupuncture to prevent and cure the diseases by dredging channels, regulating vigor and sap, balancing Yin and Yang, and harmonizing the functions of the viscera.

The acupuncture pathology was first described in the Yellow Emperor's Internal Canon of Medicine 2,000 years ago. It has prevailed in China and spread to other countries all over the world since then.

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