Acupuncture: The Historical Basis and Its US Practitioners

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that has been used in China for at least 4,500 years

Gene George Hong

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that has been used in China for at least 4,500 years
  • The Development of Acupuncture Historically, the discovery of acupuncture was credited to the Chinese Emperor Huangdi in 2500 BC
  • The Chinese refer to these sore points as "ahshi" points, a certain type of acupuncture point
  • Deep massage with these devices must have caused collateral damage to the surrounding tissues. This kind of massage would have caused bruising and post-massage pain. These problems led to the invention of the acupuncture needle, a more precise and elegant way to stimulate the tender points without causing the unwanted side effects of deep massage
  • In states that permit licensed acupuncturists to practice, these practitioners are prohibited from prescribing medications and making medical diagnoses
  • Acupuncture is practiced by a growing number of physicians and licensed acupuncturists in the United States

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