Chinese acupuncture history can be traced back about 2,000 years, although some authorities claim that it has been practiced in China for over 4,000 years. The Chinese believe that Chinese acupuncture history began during the Stone Age when stone knives or sharp edged tools, described by the character ‘Bian’ were used to puncture and drain abscesses.
It is believed that the modern Chinese character ‘Bi,’ representing a disease of pain, is derived from the use of ‘Bian stones’ for the treatment of painful complaints in Chinese acupuncture history. In Chinese acupuncture history, the first record of treating disease dates back to 1500 BC during the Shang Dynasty. In Chinese acupuncture history, the first known acupuncture text is the Nei Jing, or Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. In Chinese acupuncture history, some authorities date the Nei Jing from 1000 BC.
Two main philosophical ideologies influenced Chinese acupuncture history, Taoism and Confucianism. In Chinese acupuncture history, Confucianism was opposed to development of anatomy and surgery, one of its main tenets being that the body must remain complete throughout life and in death. Chinese acupuncture history states that acupuncture was the response to this constraint, as acupuncture was able to cure internal disease with external means. In Chinese acupuncture history, the Taoist concept of health aimed for perfect harmony between the opposing forces of Yin and Yang.
In Chinese acupuncture history, the Bian stones were eventually replaced with classical metal needles. The main needle used today is the stainless steel filliform needle, in Chinese acupuncture history. In Chinese acupuncture history, acupuncture points were grouped into a system of channels which run over the body, conducing the flow of qi, or vital energy. In contemporary Chinese acupuncture history, there has been a development of many new methods of acupuncture therapy. In Chinese acupuncture history, in China acupuncture is now used for a variety of ailments as well as major and minor surgery.
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