Acupuncture originated in China as a means of treatment for ailments dating since 100 BCE. Acupuncture continued to be developed and codified in texts over the subsequent centuries and gradually became one of the standard therapies used in China, alongside herbs, massage, and diet. Bronze statues from the fifteenth century show the acupuncture points in use today, and were used for teaching and examination purposes. In it are clear descriptions of the full set of 365 points that represent openings to the channels through which needles could be inserted to modify the flow of Qi energy. In the last decade of the twentieth century systematic reviews have provided more reliable evidence of acupuncture's value in effectively treating pain, stress, respiratory and digestive issues, PMS, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and lighten withdraws from addictions.
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Jennifer Gallis is a graduate from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine in Santa Barbara, California since 1987. She is licenced in the state of Washingon and is Board-exam certified with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is also a diplomat with NCCAOM.