21 Aug

History of Acupuncture- Sticking pins in someone- Who thought of that?


We often get asked about the origins of acupuncture. As a patient lies on the table, I gently tap needles into them. They will get an inquisitive/confused look on their face and I know what they are about to ask. “How was it that someone thought to stick pins into another?” or “Who thought of that?” What a good question! The short answer is nobody really knows. Scholars and experts in historical medicine agree that there is no written documentation of the very beginnings of acupuncture. Not in Chinese or English. An excellent and detailed investigation of the evolution of acupuncture theory can be found here.  Let’s take a look at what we do know about history of Chinese Medicine. Hopefully we can get a grasp of how acupuncture came to be…

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