The earliest archaeological records of acupuncture date back to the Old Stone Age – a period 10,000 ago and earlier, notes the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences – as stone knives that were used in some medical treatments. Later on, during the New Stone Age, stones were crafted into fine needles used for healing.
The most significant milestone, though, came in China approximately 5,000 years as two men – Yellow Emperor Huang Di and his physician, Qi Bo – discussed Chinese medical arts in a conversation that become the basis of a book written on Chinese medicine. In their discussion, the two mentioned acupuncture points, needling techniques and identified 160 pressure points.
While acupuncture improved from that point, it made some of its greatest strides during the Ming Dynasty between 1568 and 1644. New techniques and manipulations were developed, and new acupuncture points were discovered. An encyclopedic work of 120 volumes – Principles of Acupuncture and Moxibustion – was written on the treatment and let to the introduction of the medical art to the European continent.
In 1950, acupuncture as we know it today came to the forefront. Acupuncture became established in many hospitals as Chairman Mao officially united traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. By including acupuncture, Mao assured the treatment would remain an important element in Chinese medicine into the modern age.
China continues to lead the world in developing acupuncture techniques and further advancing the medical practice. While acupuncture has become more modernized, it will never lose its connection to the original stone, bamboo and bone needles that began the practice many millennia ago.
At WellStream Acupuncture, we revere and appreciate this history and put into practice the same treatments and approaches that have been in use for thousands of years. We have seen the healing properties of acupuncture again and again, and know that it can offer a variety of aids for our patients. From digestion to pain relief, emotional and psychological concerns to women’s health, our acupuncture treatments can do amazing things to help the body and the mind. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 323-620-4934.