A long history
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing used to restore and maintain health and well-being. It has been practised and refined in China and other Eastern countries. Having a continuous clinical history of at least 2,500 years (it’s earliest roots stem back approximately 5000 years), it’s old! The first known book of Chinese Medicine, the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, dates back to between the first century BC and the first century AD. All styles of acupuncture currently practised around the world trace their roots back to this text.
In China it still features in mainstream healthcare. Under the People’s Republic of China, established in 1948, all branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) were encouraged. By 1978, whole hospitals and research departments were devoted to the practice of TCM. As a result, people in China are able to choose acupuncture as their main or integrated treatment.