Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, but how much do you know about the history of acupuncture? A popular form of alternative medicine, acupuncture originated in China, being first mentioned in the centuries leading up to the Common Era. But the use of needles through sharpened stones, etc. dates back much further, as much as 6000 BCE, and were likely used to carry out different treatments and therapies.

Over the years, acupuncture has evolved to become the treatment we know it as today. So how has acupuncture evolved, and what are its benefits? You can learn all about it below.

A brief history of acupuncture

As mentioned above, acupuncture dates back thousands of years to China. It is referred to in the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, which is the earliest known book of Chinese Medicine. The acupuncture treatments practiced today have their roots in this text. Acupuncture is based around theories of how energy flows within the body, something known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). It’s believed that problems with the flow of Qi can lead to pain and sickness. 

Qi is believed to move through the body across 12 channels called meridians, which represent different organs and functions within the body. Acupuncture uses these meridians to be able to treat different ailments within the body. Over the centuries the treatment has become more refined, and is often used as an alternative form of medicine alongside massage, herb treatments, diet, and others.

Acupuncture today

Today, acupuncture is used all over the world to treat a variety of conditions. Using thin needles inserted into different parts of the body at different depths, it can be used to treat pain and much more. In the US, it’s carried out by accredited practitioners, and can be carried out by physicians too. 

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

Acupuncture has many benefits and can be used to treat conditions that cause pain, including headaches and migraines, joint pain, neck pain and more.

The World Health Organization has also listed various conditions where acupuncture could prove effective, including:

  • High and low blood pressure
  • nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy 
  • some gastric conditions
  • painful periods
  • Dysentery
  • allergic rhinitis
  • facial pain
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica

Acupuncture is also known for being effective in treating mental health conditions as well, including stress, anxiety, and depression. For those suffering from addiction, it can help by easing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, in addition to the pains that can be caused by withdrawal. 

As a non-medical treatment, it is an ideal treatment for those looking for alternatives to medication. When performed correctly, there are very few risks or side effects, and it can be used alongside other treatments effectively too. 

You can learn more about the acupuncture therapy provided at Oasis Recovery, providing a wide range of benefits as part of your treatment program. 

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