Page 5 The origin of acupuncture can be traced back to ancient China. This practice is said to have originated around five thousand years back. Chinese believe that a living body has two forces which are opposing each other all the time. These are the Yin and Yang. The ...
The origin of acupuncture can be traced back to ancient China. This practice is said to have originated
around five thousand years back.
Chinese believe that a living body has two forces which are opposing each other all the time. These are
the Yin and Yang. The passive, slow and cold in the body is known as the Yin andthe hot, active and
excited is known as the Yang.
Energy which gets blocked in the body causing diseases, aches and pains is called the “Chi”. This
blocked energy is released using accupuncture. According to the Chinese the energy lines pass through
the twelve meridans of the body which are invisible.
All organs of the body are governed by one of these meridians. By carrying out the accupuncture
procedure on that particular meridian, the disease associated with that point is cured.
History of Acupuncture
The earliest knowledge of the existence of acupuncture is found during the Sui dynasty which existed
between AD 561 to 618. During this time, the Imperial Medical College which is one of the earliest
medical colleges of China was established.
Evidence shows that acupuncture and moxibustion was the basis of the curriculum. Herbal medicine
was also part of the syllabus. The Imperial Medical College which was actually started to conduct
researches and train doctors thus records the first mention of the practice of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is also mentioned and discussed in one of the most ancient Chinese Medical Text called
the “Huang Di Nei Jing” which was in existence more than two thousand years ago.
With Asia becoming developed and a general improvement in transportation and communication,
acupuncture as a part of Chinese Medicine spread in the 6th century to Japan.
With the advent of Buddhism, religious medicine became popular and acupuncture became a popular
The insertion method which is used by acupuncture practitioners all over the world, especially in Japan
was first invented by Waichi Sugiyama in the 17th Century. This insertion tube is small and cylindrical
and the needle is inserted through this.
The practice of acupuncture was very predominant in Japan even until the 19th Century. An acupuncturist
was equal to the modern doctor and acupuncture was the primary health care procedure followed.