The history of acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used in the Far East to restore, promote and maintain good health for over 2,500 years. It developed not only in China, but also in other East Asian countries such as Korea, Japan, Vietnam, etc.
The original form of acupuncture is likely to have been Shamanic acupuncture. The first needles were made from stone and then later from bronze, gold and silver.
The origins of acupuncture
It's likely that acupuncture originated from massage, where people would massage a point on the body and notice an affect in another part of the body. Over thousands of years before the written word was invented this developed into a form of acupuncture with its own theory and channels of movement.
The first acupuncture medical textbook
The first known medical textbook of acupuncture was ‘The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine', which dates from around 300 BC. Acupuncture continued to develop without interruption for the next 2,400 years into a complete system of healthcare that can treat many health problems.
Acupuncture in ancient Europe
There is now some proof with the discovery of the frozen Oetzi tattoo man found in the Italian Alps in 1991 that acupuncture may have been around in Europe over 5,000 years ago. Therefore acupuncture doesn’t necessarily belong to East Asia.