Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing techniques; it is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As a therapeutic approach it has survived thousands of years, accumulated many different cultural influences and continues to be used until today. Historically, it spread from China to Japan, Korea, Formosa (Taiwan) and gradually throughout Asia. Later, from the mid-20th century, it became known in Europe and America, and during the 1970's Greek doctors became interested in learning about acupuncture and began practising it in the country.
Biomedical acupuncture is a newer application of the method that differs due to its orthodox, ‘western’-type diagnostic approach, applying the principles of medical science.
Acupuncture offers care treatment for many conditions of ill/health, and it deserves the attention of the medical community. It is necessary, though, for acupuncture to be considered as a method through the results of its application and not simply as a theoretical concept that does not fit the model of modern medicine.
Modern clinical studies show that acupuncture is as effective as the traditional drug therapy approach in medical issues such as migraine, back pain and knee osteoarthritis. Today, the medical community views the potential of acupuncture with interest, and efforts are being made to document it through a number of comparative studies. Already, in the medical press and on the Internet, many publications about acupuncture can be found.
In general, we can say that acupuncture is a complementary (not alternative) method of treatment when used according to its specific indications. It is a therapeutic treatment on the same level as others, and is a logical suggestion for patients who agree with it and see the benefits it can bring.