Current status
Acupuncture has been developed for over 4,000 years in the East. Based on China where it originated has spread throughout neighboring countries such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, .. etc.
In 1979, WHO published its response to acupuncture after an interregional seminar held in Beijing. The O.M.S. concluded that "... acupuncture is certainly not a panacea for all ills, but the clear weight of evidence demands that acupuncture could be considered seriously as a clinical procedure of substantial value ... ". He compiled a provisional list of 40 human diseases could be treated with acupuncture (eg, sinusitis, rhinitis, colds, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, conjunctivitis, toothache, pharyngitis, acute and chronic esophageal spasm, gastritis, constipation, diarrhea, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, facial palsy, paralysis from stroke, Meniere syndrome, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, etc).
In 1997, the National Institute of Health USA (NIH), commissioned a study by a national committee of experts composed of representatives of medical societies of different specialties (pain, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, drug addiction, family medicine, public health, epidemiology, biophysics, physiology,. . etc.) that assessed the efficacy and therapeutic possibilities of acupuncture alone or in combination with other medical techniques, knowledge of the biological effects of acupuncture, feasibility of including acupuncture in the health system and future research lines. The findings were definitive in assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture in various pathologies, stressing in particular: nausea (post-anesthesia and post-chemotherapy), surgical analgesia (tooth extraction), additions (drugs, snuff and alcohol), stroke rehabilitation, headache, tennis elbow , menstrual disorders, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, lumbago, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma.

Concluding that there is enough evidence to evaluate acupuncture as a technique to include in conventional medicine.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has prepared a report in which he defends the scientific value of acupuncture, recommending the integration of this technique in the health system, as well as further research on the costs of this treatment and its applications .
In Spain in 1991, the Ministry of Health awarded some scholarships for a period of training in acupuncture in PR China, developing the Training Plan Health Professional Human Resources.
Today Universities of Zaragoza as taught by Master of Acupuncture with a program of 630 hours, aimed at health professionals (doctors, veterinarians, physical therapists, dentists, clinical psychologists), a subject is taught in acupuncture studies Medical degree, and there is a stable research group on the subject of acupuncture.
The Colleges of Physicians have Sections and Associations of Acupuncture.

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