Acupuncture is believed to have originated in North West China, and from archaeological finds, and ancient writings it is indicated that it was widely used from around 2700BC! The first state sponsored school of acupuncture in China was founded in 443AD. Acupuncture has also been practiced for hundreds of years in India (as part of Ayurveda), and the Far east, before coming to Europe in the eighteenth century. President Nixon gave acupuncture worldwide media coverage when he took a trip the China in the 1970’s, and since then it has become a widely accepted alternative remedy, which can be used to treat the whole body, and a wide range of illnesses and debilitations, including infertility. Acupuncture is widely used in conjunction with various other remedies such as homeopathy. Both are known as a ‘complete system of medicine’ because they treat the whole system, often finding the cause of an ailment, instead of just treating the symptoms. Acupuncture can also be combined with other treatments; for instance for athletes who use sports massage or those who use massage as a way to de-stress and aid sleep, the addition of an acupuncture course can be beneficial. A quick trawl around your local area should reveal several qualified practitioners. Acupuncture in West Sussex is especially prolific, with many individuals attached to sports rehabilitation units at leisure centres, or to alternative health spas. Acupuncture is not just for humans! Many people have their pets treated, with excellent results, and equine acupuncture in West Sussex is an established and booming business, helping everything from colic to lameness.