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History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture comes from two Latin words namely “acus” which means needle in English and “pungere” which means prick. Its history all began in China more than 2000 years ago and has evolved into various forms.

A few of the techniques of acupuncture do not even use needles anymore. Vibrating things, ultrasound and even the fingers of the practitioner have taken a few of the work to make the person feel better.

The history of acupuncture is first talked about in an ancient Chinese medical text called the “Huang Di Nei Jing” or The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.

But there are a few who are skeptic as archaeologists have found a 5,000 year old mummy in the Alps with similar acupuncture points in the childs body. This gives some people the concept that it was used even before the Chinese did but sine there is no written text to prove that, no one is certain and credit to this ancient practice goes back to the Chinese.

In the 6th century, this knowledge moved to Japan. In the 17th century, a man named Waichi Sugiyama wanted to make this procedure painless for the patient so he developed the insertion tube, a small cylindrical tube through which the needle is inserted. Believe it or not, this technique continues to be used today.

But acupuncture only reached the US in early 80’s with the organization of a regulatory board called the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. As a result, various schools have been built and those who wish to become licensed acupuncturists are now able to practice their profession.

Despite that, there were a number of people who are not yet convinced on the positive effects of alternative forms of medication. It was only in 1995 that the US Fda decided to classify the needles used for acupuncture as medical instruments and assured the public they are both secure and efficient.

To further promote acupuncture, the NIH or National Institute of Health in 1997 has stated that this technique is very useful in treating various health conditions.  These include ear, nose, throat, respiratory, gastrointestinal, eye, nervous system and muscular disorders. In some instances, acupuncture has the capacity to prevent a lot of them from happening.

This was further strengthened by that the side effects of acupuncture are much less in contrast to conventional drugs that are being sold by pharmaceutical companies.

So that people can avail of acupuncture, another recommendation by the NIH is for US companies to provide full coverage for certain conditions. Should you not quality, perhaps there is partial coverage which you should look up in your policy.

But despite that, more research has to be done to see its effects on other health related problems. Some examples of these include addictions, autism, chronic low back pain, migraines and osteoarthritis of the knee.

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