Oriental Medicine is ancient. Tradition has it that about 1,500 B.C. the Chinese Emperor Huang Di gathered together the widely scattered healing wisdom of his kingdom into a complete medical text known as the Huang Di Nei Jing, a medical text so profound and complete that it is still used as a primary reference for scholars of Oriental Medicine.
However, modern Oriental Medicine has incorporated innovations from many different places in its journey west, and now its face is changing again as European, American, and new generations of Asian innovators make their mark. It is a dynamic, versatile tool which provides a unique treatment for each person and situation.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine promote healing primarily by treating the root of a problem so that the body, mind, and spirit can reach an new, more balanced equilibrium.
There are already many good references for Oriental Medicine on the web. If you would like a little official information from a respected source:
United Nations World Health Organization list of ailments treatable by acupuncture
And, if you are looking for an excellent book on the subject, written in layman’s terms, try this one:
Between Heaven and Earth, by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korn.