Origin of Acupuncture

Origin of Acupuncture therapy

Acupuncture, along with moxibustion, is one of the oldest practices of traditional Chinese medicine since 2600 BC. Most historians believe that the practice began in China, though there are some conflicting narratives on when it originated.

The first documentation of an “organized system of diagnosis and treatment” for acupuncture was the The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing) in about 2596 BC.

This book describes the basic theories of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and the basic knowledge concerning acupuncture points and needling methods. Following ‘Neijing’ many books starting from 265 AD till to date were written at different periods.

This bronze figure showing acupuncture points is a reproduction of one cast in 1443 AD, during Ming Dynasty.