What is the origin or history of Acupuncture?

The philosophy of acupuncture is rooted in the Taoist tradition, which goes back over 8,000 years. People during this time period would meditate and observe the flow of energy within.

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During the new Stone Age in China, stones were refined into fine needles and served as instruments of healing. That technique is called Bian Stone, which means, use of a sharp edged stone to treat disease.

Another significant milestone in the history of Acupuncture occurred during the period of Haung Di (the yellow emperor) he discussed the whole spectrum of the Chinese Medical Arts; these conversations would later become the text The Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine) a medical classic summarizing Chinese medical knowledge before the Qin and Han Dynasties from 221 B.C. to 220 A.D.

Acupuncture needles are first mentioned in the "Yellow Emperor's Internal Canon of Medicine." This book records nine metallic needles of varying shapes and functions. An archeological dig in 1968 in Mancheng County, Hebei Province, confirmed the use of these tools when five silver and four gold needles were found in a tomb buried in 113 B.C.

Around 1000 BC during the Shang Dynasty there was evidence shown of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. During the Warren States era, metal needles replaced the Bian Stones.

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Acupuncture was very popular during the Jin, Northern, and Southern Dynasties. From then on Acupuncture has evolved into a major practice in China and other Asian countries, even here in the United States.

Acupuncture in the United States has been said to have become first talked about or considered in a mainstream manner after 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about it. Reston suffered appendicitis while visiting China with his wife. Doctors there used needles to ease his own pain after his appendix was removed through conventional surgery. The article he wrote for the Times describing his experience was the first time many Americans had heard of any traditional Chinese medical practices, let alone acupuncture.

Today, most American practices of acupuncture incorporate a blend or mix of medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.

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