Acupuncture in Cardiology

Acupuncture has been little known in the Western world until 1970s after U.S.
President Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 [4]. Following the initial excitement engen‐
dered by the press reports [5], acupuncture becomes one of the most popular treatments in
alternative medicine (Figure 1), and accounts for more than 10 million treatments given
annually in the United States [6]. Much interest was further engendered by tales by subsequent
visitors to China who witnessed surgical operations being successfully performed on con‐
scious patients under acupunctural anesthesia [7-15].

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By Heikenwaelder Hugo, heikenwaelder@aon.at, www.heikenwaelder.at [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons