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Nurses and Holistic Modalities

The History of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Wang, Carol Chunfeng PhD; Zhu, Ruifang PhD; Tan, Jing-Yu PhD

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000312

Holistic nursing practices holism and holistic modalities to create a healing space and optimize the healing process. Holistic nurses employ a complementary and integrative focus in their work and help patients access their greatest healing potential. This article supports that nursing professionals embrace acupuncture and alternative therapy as a great gift that inspire them to extend their already extraordinary healing power. An overview of the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the development and milestones of acupuncture and moxibustion in past dynasties is presented. In particular, the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in the last 20 years, as well as how social and economic conditions have impacted their expansion, is discussed.

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Dr Wang); School of Nursing, Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China (Dr Zhu); and College of Nursing and Midwifery, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (Dr Tan).

Correspondence: Carol Chunfeng Wang, PhD, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA 6027, Australia (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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