The History of Acupuncture
Traditional acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine. It is a tried and tested healthcare system, and has been used for thousands of years in China and the Far East.
The first known book of Chinese Medicine is the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor. It 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.
Ancient Chinese scholars discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science. This includes the effect of emotional stress on the immune system.
Traditional Chinese medicine remained in the shadow of western medicine until the Long March of 1934-5. Without drugs, anaesthetics or surgery vast numbers of wounded soldiers faced illness and death. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment achieved amazing results.
From this point on, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine were practised side by side in China. Under the People’s Republic of China, established in 1948, all branches of TCM were nurtured and encouraged to grow. By 1978, whole hospitals and research departments were devoted to the practice of TCM. Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world. Clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More people benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare.