The History Of Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is a kind of alternative medicine where thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine. It improves the body’s functions and promotes self-healing.

How It Began

Acupuncture began in China; however, the exact date of origin is still a matter of debate. If the practice originated in 600 BC it is likely that bronze needles were used for the practice. And once steel could be produced, it allowed the creation of finer needles.

There were problems with using the thick needles on the skin. The needles were sterilized in boiling water or heated on a flame.

Science; Not Superstition

It is also likely that acupuncture came about as a practice similar to bloodletting which was done to drain impurities from the body.

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Both practices cured illnesses, and the Chinese believed that illnesses were caused by demons within the body.

Some also held the belief that there was only one pressure point in the body that was at the top of one’s skull. And so, at the time, only one point was used in the practice, before other areas proved to be effective as well.

In the 1st century AD, the experts of acupuncture began to emerge. With the growing usage of paper, more and more books on acupuncture could be published. That is how acupuncture began to gain further popularity in China and colleges began to offer the subject.

International Recognition & Modern Day Treatment

Korea later embraced this practice; Japan followed suit, supporting this unique method of treating illnesses. In the early 19th century, Americans began to show interest in the procedure.

In the 20th century new methods were incorporated such as using a cluster of needles and passing electric currents through needles. Acupuncture near the ear became most common and is known to be most effective. It eventually became the most popular alternative medicine in the US.

And now individuals consider it one of the most effective treatments. Medical centers like The Acupuncture Center of Bradenton provide exceptional services, and treat a number of illnesses including arthritis and neck pain. Contact us now to kickstart your body’s healing process.