A long time ago in the recesses of history, in a country far away, acupuncture was created. The development and perfection took many centuries. Whether it is 3000 years old or older is unknown. Historically, writings about Acupuncture are dated 2500 to 3000 years based on writing style.
Due to dynastic upheavals as seen in Chinese history, available texts may have been rewritten from older texts from defeated dynasties. Suffice to say, Acupuncture is an ancient health care and medical system. Being based on a different world view, acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine, seek to help heal health issues and problems by stimulating specific acu-points located at well defined areas. The prescription, or combination of points, elicits a healing response in the body.
TCM: Traditional Chinese Medicine is the dominant form of acupuncture in the world. It was developed in the 1950’s by the Peoples Republic of China. It combined various styles of acupuncture into a more measured and organized system.
It is believed that acupuncture spread from China throughout East Asia. Today, TCM is the dominant style of acupuncture in the US.
Japanese: The Japanese have branched from the Chinese and developed their unique application of Acupuncture using different styles of needles, diagnostic and insertion techniques.
The World: As Acupuncture has spread throughout the world, it has maintained its roots while simultaneously adapting to the varied health concerns of the newer populations.