Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine using needles, heat or pressure laser.
There are approximately 1500 to 1600 practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Australia. (The Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association)
There are at least 2.8 million traditional Chinese medicine consultations (including acupuncture) per year in Australia, with an annual turnover of $84 million. (Office of Complementary Medicines)
What it's good gor
Acupuncture is effective in treating many ailments including arthritis, and promotes general wellbeing.
Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association
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