Acupuncture, or the process of inserting extremely thin needles into the skin at strategic points throughout the body, has a very long and storied history. Its journey from ancient China to modern-day America is a fascinating one, and while the times have changed, acupuncture remains essentially the same.
Acupuncture is commonly believed to have originated in China. The first recorded use of acupuncture dates back to 200 B.C.E., when the first book of acupuncture was written. The text focuses on acupuncture as a means to restore balance and harmony to the body. Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that by inserting very thin needles into acupuncture points on the body, imbalances in the body’s “qi” (life force) can be corrected. Qi, according to this philosophy, flows between pathways, or meridians, located on the body. There are 20 meridians and about 400 acupuncture points on the body.
Scientific research has not found any evidence to support the existence of qi, meridians, or acupuncture points, but many practitioners and acupuncture enthusiasts will attest to experiencing feelings of improved harmony and general well-being after undergoing acupuncture.
Acupuncture gained awareness in the United States in the early 1970s, when President Nixon opened up relations with China. Currently, Western medicine incorporates acupuncture treatments for other, more tangible results, such as pain relief and the reduction of post-operative nausea. In fact, many recent studies support the effectiveness of acupuncture.
If you have a bleeding disorder or a pacemaker, acupuncture may not be right for you. It is also advised that women who are pregnant delay acupuncture treatments until after childbirth, as it is held that acupuncture may induce labor, which can result in premature birth.
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