Acupuncture treatments are now widely accepted and even recommended by medical professionals. Some insurance policies even cover treatments for a host of conditions, but typically recommend it for pain relief.
THE HISTORY OF ACUPUNCTURE
The first mention of acupuncture treatments comes from a book dating to approximately 100 BC. That book, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine,” talks of “channels” that direct the Qi (commonly referred to as a life force) through the body. It continued to grow in popularity, and 15th century statutes have been discovered that show the acupuncture points on the body that are still in use by modern practitioners. Today, acupuncturists use many of the same methods and the 365 points that were developed in ancient times.
Amazingly, in 1929 China briefly outlawed acupuncture and other traditional medicines, ostensibly because western medicine was deemed to be more effective. The rise of the Communists in 1949 saw alternative medicine and acupuncture once again permitted, both as a nod to tradition and basically because of the limited access to modern medicine in the post-World War II years. Research institutes into acupuncture and alternative therapies were established in subsequent years.