The search for health is common to all manner of Chinese people - emperors or peasants - and has gone on since the beginnings of civilization. "Respect for the ancient emperors and ways is not the only reason the people of China prefer to be treated by acupuncture. They have a better one: acupuncture works. The people feel it works because acupuncture shares a common stem with the other petals of the Chinese cultural flower. That stem, the Chinese theory of the universe, has been most useful to the people. Through forty centuries of cruel emperors, bloody wars, and savage invasions, it has kept the Chinese race alive. The ancient healing art is performed in the same way it has been since the beginning of Chinese history, curing the same hundreds of illnesses it has always cured. But for the new China, there is also a new acupuncture, more revolutionary in the field of medicine than Maoist communism is in the arena of politics."