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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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Is Acupuncture of Chinese origin?

Question:
Is Acupuncture of Chinese origin?

Answer:
   In 1991. the scientific world was rocked by the discovery of 'The Ice Man', a 5,300-year-old mummified man found in the Italian Alps along the border with Austria. The frozen body was remarkably well preserved.
   For the past nine years, scientists examined the mummy's remains thoroughly, learning much about the everyday life of stone-age Europeans.
   One of the most remarkable discoveries was complicated system of bluish-black tattoos running along his back, right knee and left ankle. Location of the "tattoos" corresponded precisely to acupuncture points and meridians, including the 'master point for back pain'.
   Apparently he suffered from the back pain that was confirmed by X-ray of his body with the evidence of arthritis in the lumbar spine. Otherwise he was in good health, he had all his teeth with no cavities.
   He was 45 years old at the moment of sudden death when he was covered by avalanche while asleep.
   Well, looks like the first known in history acupuncture patient happened to be Italian after all.
 
 
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