So here’s a question: Do they have acupuncture in Africa?
Most people I talk to assume not, and they are generally right. Acupuncture is relatively new in Africa, but with the help of AcuGraph and Multiple Health Tips Ltd., it’s become much better known and trusted.
Multiple Health Tips Ltd. (MHT) is our AcuGraph distributor in Nigeria. Based in the seaport city of Lagos, MHT has been selling AcuGraph and promoting acupuncture for several years. Through their tireless efforts, AcuGraph has gained acceptance and is now in use by a number of practitioners in Nigeria and other central African countries. Additionally, MHT has spent several years working for the approval of Chinese herbal treatments in Nigeria. We’re pleased to report their efforts have born fruit, and we expect the official recognition of AcuHerb formulas in the coming weeks.
Dr. Dennis Baker and I spent a week in Nigeria in September, teaching, treating, and meeting with government officials about the need for, and the potential of, acupuncture to help the Nigerian people. We were very warmly received and blessed with the opportunity to treat hundreds of people at no cost while touting the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture treatment. Our patients and hosts were favorably impressed, particularly with the low cost and almost non-existent side effects of acupuncture.
As Nigeria begins to open up to Chinese Medicine, MHT hopes to establish the first acupuncture training school in central Africa. As Nigeria leads the way, other central African nations will follow. The need is great and we count ourselves very fortunate to be at the cutting edge of this health care awakening in Africa, thanks to our friends at MHT.
We have an important announcement about our efforts to help spread the word about Acupuncture and reach patients in need of care in developing nations. I’ll have more information and the exciting announcement next week.
Meanwhile, here are a few pictures from the trip (click on any picture for a full-sized version):