From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, this practice is thought to rebalance the energy (chi) that flows through the 365 acupuncture points. According to western medical practitioners, the needles stimulate muscles, tissues and nerves to support the body in its natural healing. Why is Acupuncture History so Controversial? Many people believe acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that originated in China well before 100 B.C. when the first document that unquestionably described acupuncture was published. Instruments that could have been used for acupuncture were found as early as 6000 B.C. There were texts describing acupuncture points in 198 B.C. Despite the brief time in which acupuncture was outlawed in China from 1929 to 1949, it has been a constant staple of the country's basic healthcare. In China, the concepts behind acupuncture were passed down and re-developed over many centuries. Some theorieslike those outlined in the oldest medical textbook," Huang Di Nei Jing" ("Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic")are still used today.
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