Acupuncture and Tradictional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in China as least 2500 years ago and had spread to neighboring Asian countries by around 500CE and to Europe in the 16th century. Although acupuncture has always been associated with Chinese medicine because of its origin, western practioners have used and helped develop acupuncture treatments for many years. Acupuncture has been practised in France for at least 200 years and it spread to North America after President Richard Nixon made his famous trip to China in 1971. James Reston, a reporter on Nixon's trip developed paralitic ileus and was sucessfully treated with acupuncture instead of having to experience the discomfort of the insertion of a nasogastric tube.

As result of the growing recognition of acupuncture and TCM as effective alternative treatment options in Western societies, many national and international organizations: Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, The Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada, more; journals: American Journal of Acupuncture, Acupuncture in Medicine, more; and education institutions: College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology Canada, Institute of Traditional Medicine, more.


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