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GETTING THE POINT

Anita Njobvu, who lives in Zambia’s capital Lusaka, was introduced to acupuncture therapy by her husband because her blood pressure was dangerously high. The treatment used to be rare on the African continent, but with growing awareness in countries like Zambia, an increasing number of patients are opting for the healing technique rather than conventional medicine.

“I was first introduced to Chinese herbal medicines and later ended up having acupuncture treatment, which has been helpful since my blood pressure has actually stabilized,” said Njobvu.

Acupuncture is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and involves the insertion of needles into specific

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