The History of Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been practiced in China and the Far East for many thousands of years and is one of the oldest forms of healthcare in the world. Traditional acupuncture performed by qualified acupuncturist has become more popular in the UK since the 1970’s.

The first known book of Chinese Medicine, the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, dates back to between the first century BC and the first century AD. All styles of acupuncture currently practised around the world trace their roots back to this text.

Without the help of modern scientific equipment, ancient Chinese scholars discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the effect of emotional stress on the immune system. Traditional acupuncturists are no less scientific or sophisticated than western clinicians in their understanding of how the body functions, although to this day they use terminology that reflects Chinese medicine’s cultural and historic origins.

In China during the early part of the twentieth century traditional medicine fell out of fashion as symptomatic healthcare treatments were imported from the West along with other cultural influences. Calls by western trained doctors to ban traditional Chinese medicine were rejected by the National Medical Assembly in Shanghai on 17 March 1929. This day is still celebrated every year as Chinese Doctors’ Day.

Acupuncture has been researched in depth and has been developed, tested and refined to give a detailed understanding of the body’s energetic balance. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points of the body to affect the flow of your body’s vital energy.

As a holistic form of medicine, the focus of acupuncture is not on your physical or mental illness and the symptoms they present but it looks at you as an individual and all symptoms. The holistic approach to healthcare would work on the underlying causes of your symptoms to try and prevent the symptoms from recurring.

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