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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2003, Vol. 1 ›› Issue (4): 247-251.doi: 10.3736/jcim20030403

Special Issue: Acupuncture & Moxibustion

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History and causes of acupuncture advancing towards the world

Gen-cheng Wu, Xiao-ding Cao   

  1. Institute of Acupuncture Research, Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University,WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China
  • Received:2003-01-13 Online:2003-12-20 Published:2003-12-20

Acupuncture therapy is one of the original innovations in traditional Chinese medicine. The study of acupuncture has gradually advanced towards the world since 1970s. In these years the most important events might be the influence of acupuncture anesthesia, the attention of the World Health Organization, the establishment and development of the World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies, and the consensus development conference on acupuncture held by the National Institutes of Health in America, and so on. The reasons why acupuncture is accepted by the world are both the convinced curative effects and the scientific foundations, due to the great efforts of medical stuff in China guided by the principle of integration of traditional Chinese and western medicine. This article poses several proposals about further extending the influence of acupuncture. In brief, acupuncture research is one of the few fields that authentically impact the western scientific technology. It is of very important responsibility in the new century to impulse the acupuncture study to further progress and expand the international influence of acupuncture.

Key words: acupuncture therapy, integration of traditional Chinese and western medicine, traditional medicine

CLC Number: 

  • R245.31
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