Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment, based on the theory that any sort of blockage or disruption in the body’s flow of energy, the ‘qi’, can lead to different health problems.
The ‘qi’, flows through the 12 main meridians in the human body that correspond with different internal organs. Deficiency or excess of energy in these meridians is what causes health issues. During an acupuncture procedure, needles are inserted in the body’s acupuncture points to manipulate the ‘qi’ and balance its flow.
The origin of the theory and practice of acupuncture lies in China. Around the 6000 BCE, sharpened bones and stones were used as instruments for the acupuncture procedures. However, it’s also believed to be possible that they were simply surgical tools for drawing blood and lancing an abscess.
The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine was the first book to document the organized system of acupuncture for the first time in the 100 BCE. The information about diagnosis and treatment, along with detailed descriptions of the meridians and channels in the human body, were presented in the form of a dialogue between the Emperor and his minister.
The acupuncture treatment was documented and developed in China over time and became one of the most common standard therapies in the country. Massage, herbs, diet and heat therapy were used as complementary treatments.
Moreover, Bronze statues that demonstrated acupuncture points were developed for the purpose of teaching and examination. Later in the 16th century, a book called, The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, was published, which became the basis for the modern acupuncture treatment.
In the 17th century and onward, acupuncture as a medical practice, became surrounded with superstitions. It was considered irrational, and was also excluded from the Imperial Medical Institute. The practice became even more disrepute with the dawn of western medicine. It was in 1929 that acupuncture was outlawed in China.
In 1949, with the formation of the Communist government, acupuncture along with other traditional medicines was reinstated. Research institutes were established throughout China that worked solely on acupuncture. The practice gradually spread to different countries and finally reached the US when a member of the US press corps received an acupuncture treatment to recover from an appendectomy. Later, the National Institutes of Health, reported on the evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness for health, which led to the traditional Chinese medicine to become fully accepted in America and the rest of the world.
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