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         A History of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (Part 1)

                                     artifacts provide proof that acu-  body’s relation to its environ-  ing in an inscription for Newly   This brief history of Chinese
                                     puncture originated with primi-  ment form a basis for Chinese  Compiled Acupuncture wrote,  Medicine has highlighted some
                                     tive society.  1              medical theory.              “It is an important job for us   milestones in the development of
                                        Hieroglyphics from 3000      Following this period and  to critically assimilate and sys-  Chinese Medicine and practice.
                                     years ago include inscriptions of  into the first century AD, Chi-  tematize our multifarious lega-  Future articles will provide a
                                     acupuncture and moxibustion  nese medical practice grew to  cies.”.  Chinese Medicine and
                                     in ancient ruins. During this  include acupuncture, moxi-  acupuncture were taught at the   deeper understanding of several
                                     period, the philosophical con-  bustion, herbal and medicinal  same medical school and were   theoretical concepts, including
                                     cepts of Yin-Yang and the Five  decoctions, and massage (tui na  practiced in conjunction with  Yin-Yang along with an under-
                                     Elements began to influence the  or “twee naw”). The develop-  western medicine. In 1950 Thu  standing of the 8 Principles and
                                     practice of Chinese Medicine.  ment of this practice provided  Du  wrote,  “Chinese  acupunc-  the 5 Elements.
        Diane L. Ailey, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.,  While healers of that time had  the people of China the greatest  ture treatment has a history of   1 Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion,
        LMT, Reiki Master            a basic understanding of pulse,  extent of healthcare at the time.  thousands of years. It is not only   Xinnong, Chang, Ed., Foreign Language
                                     blood, and bodily fluids; the   At the start of the 20th cen-  simple and economical, but also   Press, Beijing, China, 1987
           The history of the devel-  added concepts of Qi ( the for-  tury, with foreign influences  very effective for many kinds of   2 ibid.
        opment of Acupuncture and  mative principle associated with  and war as well as internal  disease...”  3             3 ibid.
        Chinese Medicine may go  life and all  processes of living  conflict leading to the Cultural
        back 90,000 years or more.  creatures, it is the invisible and  Revolution, created a period of
        In  ancient  Chinese literature  immaterial force manifested in  restriction and denunciation to
        there are mentions of the prac-  animate forms of nature), Shen  Chinese Medicine. However,
        tice of acupuncture with stone  (vitality), essence or Jing (the  an ongoing need of the Chinese
        needles. Later classical writings  most refined substance of the  people for healthcare lead Mao   Explore new options to
        dating back two thousand years  body and the material basis  Zedong and the Communist    treat the mind, body
        indicate the use of bian (stone)  of one’s life; and that which  Party to revive the ancient prac-  and spirit through
        needles. In the Commentary on  may be passed on the another  tice of Chinese Medicine.   integrative medicine.
        the Spring and Autumn Annals,  through procreation), and the   During the 1940s and 1950s,   CHIROPRACTIC
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