Acupunture, Eyeing for World Intangible Heritage Status
An application for the inclusion of Acupuncture in the World Intangible Cultural Heritage List has been submitted to the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization.
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to release pain.
During a Chinese medicine forum in Guangzhou, China Vice Minister of Health, Wang Guogiang, was asked about why acupuncture would push for recognition. Wang explained that Chinese medicine as a whole would be too complicated to explain to panels and might be hard to get official recognition. Acupuncture on the other hand, though only a part of the traditional Chinese medical system, is often seen and practiced in many countries. It integrates the principles and theories of traditional Chinese medicine, making it a perfect subject to be entered into the World Intangible Cultural Heritage List.