The History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture first originated in China over 2,500 years ago with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The first detailed written description of acupuncture is dated about 100 BCE. After acupuncture was established in China, the practice spread to neighboring countries. It’s believed that it traveled to Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. In the second half of the Seventeenth Century, it reached Europe. 

Chinese Traditional Medicine and Acupuncture

In 100 BCE, a document was made that described what is recognized as acupuncture in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. The text is likely information on traditions handed down over centuries. The author introduces the concept of meridians where Qi (vital energy) flowed. From this information, the anatomical acupuncture points were later developed, and over subsequent centuries it gradually became a standard medical practice along with massage, herbs, and diet. 

Acupuncture Practices

Throughout the world, many different styles of acupuncture are practiced, but all have one common guiding practice. Acupuncture promotes the life force energy (Qi) circulating throughout the body’s meridians. Two common forms of acupuncture include trigger point needle therapy, which is effective at relieving muscle pain, and the Japanese approach used to stimulate the healing of pain, headaches, and organ dysfunction. 

What Does Acupuncture Help?

Ailments such as injuries, stress, and emotional issues may block energy pathways, preventing Qi from returning to balance. The acupuncture process removes the blocks to allow the body to heal. Some of the health ailments acupuncture helps include:

  • Dental pain
  • Addiction
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Low back pain

Acupuncture May Help You

If you’re interested in acupuncture treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Many people in auto accidents find acupuncture helpful for relieving pain and other symptoms. Call us today, and let us help you get back on the road to recovery!