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In its classical form it is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
Acupuncture's use for certain conditions has been recognized by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA, in light of the millions of people treated each year.
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world and has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years.
Use of Acupuncture in the United States:
The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being "widely" practiced—by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners—for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous year. Between the 2002 and 2007 NHIS, acupuncture use among adults increased approximately 1 million people.