The History and Benefits of Acupuncture

Benefits of Acupuncture

If you’ve ever wondered what acupuncture is, where it came from or the benefits of acupuncture, read on.

The History of Acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture, which originated in China, has been practiced for thousands of years. Although it is not certain exactly when acupuncture originated, the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, which is considered to be the first book of Chinese medicine, has been traced back to around 305-204 B.C.E. Acupuncture became increasingly popular throughout Asia during this time, and spread to many regional provinces in China as well as to other countries. By 6th century C.E., acupuncture was used widely throughout Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese cultures and continued to spread to the West. Amoenitatum Exoticarum, written by German physician Engelbert Kaempfer in 1712, was one of the most important works created by a Western doctor regarding the ancient Asian practices of acupuncture. Dr. Kaempfer wrote the text after spending many years in Japan studying traditional acupuncture practices and techniques. Many other works were introduced into Western society after Dr. Kaempfer’s, including Denis Lawson-Wood’s 1959 work Chinese System of Healing: An Introduction to Acupuncture. His work was thought to be the first text regarding acupuncture methods written in English and continued the spread of the knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine throughout Western countries. Acupuncture has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970’s and in 1997 the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) declared acupuncture as a practicable treatment for numerous medical ailments.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is a technique which involves the stimulation of specific points on the body, most frequently achieved by the insertion of thin needles into the skin at various depths. Traditional Chinese medicine states that acupuncture points occur on meridians in the body in which qi energy flows. It is one of many practices used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.


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Benefits of Acupuncture

Numerous studies conducted show that acupuncture provides effective relief from a number of medical conditions including depression, headache, facial pain, nausea and vomiting, correction of malposition of a fetus, allergic rhinitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted in 2012 found that acupuncture was indeed better than no acupuncture or simulated acupuncture for the treatment of Osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, chronic headache and migraines, and shoulder pain.


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