History of Acupuncture
Nei Jing was the first book on Chinese Medicine, which was composed sometime around 305-204 B.C. This book comprises of two sections. The first section, “Su Wen” (Plain Questions), is an introduction to medicine. The second section “Ling Shu” (Miraculous Pivot,Spiritual Axis) focuses on acupuncture. It includes the nine kinds of needles, details about points of acupuncture, methods of using needles, etc. Hieroglyphs of the era of Shang Dynasty depicted proof of Acupuncture. “Bronze needles were excavated from ruins, but the bian stones remained the main form of needle.” (Suvow, n.d.)
Nei Jing was the first book on Chinese Medicine, which was composed sometime around 305-204 B.C.
It is usually believed that acupuncture was first practiced in China and has numerous literature that dates back to approximately 200 BCE. (White, Ernst, 1999) Moreover, acupuncture has been used in numerous nations for hundreds of years. Specifically speaking, it has been practiced for more than 1450 years by the Japanese, 1500 years by the Koreans, and 2000 years by the Vietnamese. Afterwards, it came into the European countries some 300 years back, and in North American localities around 150 years back. In the preceding 30 years, the practice of acupuncture has become common in most of the nations all over the globe. (White, Ernst, 1999)
“The earliest major documents, the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu (circa 200 BC) and the Nan Jing (circa 100 AD), are revered as the primary sources of acupuncture.” (White, Ernst, 1999) Many writers have analyzed these literatures for hundreds of years. Even today, the authenticity of countless concepts in contemporary practice is determined by using suitable portions from these historical literatures. (White, Ernst, 1999)
History of Acupuncture (2004, May 26)
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Suvow, Scott (n.d.) History of Acupuncture in China
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White, Adrian, Ernst, Edzard (1999) Acupuncture: A Scientific Appraisal. pg. 11-12.
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