A Brief History of Acupuncture and
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional healing, dating back to around the 1st century BC. It originated in China, with the use of fine bone and stone tools used to stimulate points on the body that were known to help heal a myriad of ailments. It became a specialty of Buddhist monks, who effectively became the local doctor and would use it to aid their respective villagers. It is these monks whos travels spread acupuncture to Korea, Japan, and other Eastern countries. It ultimately made its way to the Western world, finding a stronghold in Europe, and the United States.
When Mao Tse Tung came to power, Western ways, medicine, and of course secularity were paramount to him. Many aspects of Chinese history and culture were squelched and even destroyed, including a multitude of important Chinese medical texts. But the necessity of having traditional medical practitioners in remote villages where access to Western doctors and hospitals wasn't an option became obvious. When once it had been a source of embarrassment for the dictator, it became a valuable trade and way to heal his masses. Acupuncture experienced a renaissance in the People's Republic of China, resurrected into what is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine, the style of acupuncture that many practice today.