Puncturing the skin with very fine needles is the usual method but practitioner may also use pressure (for example Tui Na), friction, suction, heat (called the cupping therapy) , or electromagnetic energy to stimulate points. The practitioner may also use herbal medicine.
Acupuncture and acupressure have significant result to relieve knee pain without surgery.
World Health Organization�s Viewpoint
A World Health Organization, (WHO), interregional seminar on acupuncture, moxibustion and acupuncture anesthesia was held in Beijing (Peking) in June 1979. WHO lists more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture is considered as an appropriate therapy.
� Digestive Conditions: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, hyperacidity and indigestion
� Emotional Conditions: anxiety, depression, insomnia, nearacts, gingivitis, poor vision, tinnitus and toothache
� Gynecological Conditions : infertility, menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome
� Musculoskeletal Conditions: arthritis, back pain, muscle cramping, muscle pain/weakness, neck pain, sciatica
� Neurological Conditions: headaches, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinson's disease, post-operative pain and stroke
� Respiratory Conditions: asthma, bronchitis, common cold, sinusitis, smoking cessation and tonsillitis
� Miscellaneous Conditions: addiction control, athletic performance, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue, immune system tonification and stress reduction
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There are diploma programs that you could undertake at a school of Traditional Chinese medicine, or a college or university.
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