Acupuncture: The Science Behind It

History Of Acupuncture

The practice and theory of acupuncture originated in China, first mentioned and recorded in documents several years before the common era. Before the use of needles, long sharp bones and sharpened stones were used. The theory suggests that energy flows in and throughout the entire human body which can be channeled to promote balance and good health. That energy is called qi pronounced as “chee”. 

Its believed that qi moves throughout the body via twelve main channels known as meridians. These meridians represent the major organs and functions of the body, however, these meridians do not follow the pathway of nerves in our body.

Progress Of Acupuncture

In the 14th to 16th century, acupuncture was being one of the standard therapies used in China.  A bronze statue was even built showing acupuncture points, that were educationally used. Also during this time, The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion was published showcasing the tradition of acupuncture and describes the 365 points that represent openings to the channels where the needles should be inserted to manipulate the flow of Qi.

Decline Of Acupuncture

Interest for acupuncture has declined in the 17th century and on. In 1822 the Emperor decreed a ban for acupuncture from the Imperial Medical Institute. However, rural area healers and some interested scholars kept loyal to the knowledge and practice of acupuncture. 

Revival Of Acupuncture

In 1949 the Communist Government in China revived the traditional forms of medicine including acupuncture. The practice spread to several countries like Japan and Korea, and Western countries like The United States of America and Britain gained an interest in the practice. 

Finally, it was in 1971, a member of the US press corps was treated with acupuncture, and that was the time when it was finally accepted in the United States when an N.I.H. (National Institutes of Health) consensus conference reported that there was positive evidence of its effectivity to some extent.

Now The Science

Studies have proven that during an acupuncture Longmont session, our brains release chemicals – Endorphins or more commonly known as the “happy drug” which are natural pain killers as well.