Acupuncture: A Brief History

Acupuncture was originally recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, known in Chinese as the Huang Di Nei Jing. For thousands of years afterwards, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have been developing and improving on the theory and practice, as well as documenting the benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine.

The basis of modern acupuncture was established in the Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion during the 1600s. This ten-volume publication thoroughly details the origin of acupuncture, summarizes the experience of Chinese medical practitioners, shows detailed knowledge of human anatomy and internal organs, and discusses the main points and adjunct points.

Acupuncture therapy was first recorded in Europe during the 1800s, and made its way to the US during the 1970s. Since then, the ancient practice has been part of a growing industry. In recent years, China has been encouraging further research and use of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used in an integrative approach to help alleviate symptoms related to a variety of conditions, from pain relief, stress relief, and cancer, as well as for supporting women’s health and fertility.