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  • History of Acupuncture

  • The Chinese love to point out the legendary origin of many aspects of their culture and science, as is also the case with acupuncture. According to legend, many thousands of years ago one of the emperor's subjects suffered from terrible headaches. One day, he hit his foot with a stone and, surprisingly, the headache subsided. Since then, everyone who has a headache struck the same place on the foot. As the method was quite drastic, the emperor ordered to replace the stone with needles. And so, according to the Chinese, acupuncture was born.

  • Further references to this method of dealing with pain can be found in the time of the legendary Yellow Emperor. During his reign a book was created in which organs were divided into groups and indicated that they interact with each other. The causes of the disease are also described, namely the effects of cold, heat, wind and moisture on the body. However, it should be noted that other nations also claim priority to the discovery of acupuncture. They are Koreans and residents of Nepal and Tibet.

  • However, the oldest written source about acupuncture dates from the times of the Warring States (474/5 to 221 B.C.). This is the treatise 'Nature and Life'. We will find the most important theories about this method, including description of needles, meridians, location of acupuncture points, sticking techniques and contraindications. Excavations and studies prove that acupuncture has been popular already a thousand years BC.

  • The doctor Hua Tuo (141 - 205 CE) was important for the development of acupuncture. He can be called the progenitor of Chinese surgery, he also created a special type of gym exercise. The creator of the 12-volume book on acupuncture was Huangfu Mi (215 - 282), who precisely located 649 points, described their puncture techniques and gave the basis for Chinese diagnostics, writing about the pulse test.

  • Acupuncture evolved into an independent medical specialty during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and a separate medical faculty was established to teach this method. Earlier, acupuncture was family knowledge passed on in clans. In 1027 bronze figures were cast, on which acupuncture points and meridians were marked. Nowadays, you can buy similar miniature models made of plastic. Doctor Wang Wei Yin also wrote textbooks on acupuncture that have served medical students for centuries.

  • During the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644) more works are created, in one of which we can find engravings of 9 types of needles. However, a good period of acupuncture ends when the Manchurians take over (1644 - 1912). The method was considered primitive and officially banned. Doctors began to train in Western fashion and fought "outdated" techniques for which acupuncture was also recognized.

  • It wasn't until 1949 and the communists coming to power that allowed acupuncture to return to favor. The Central Institute of Traditional Medicine was created in Beijing, similar ones were also opened in other cities. This method began to be developed, combining it with modern technological achievements.

  • Acupuncture today

  • Currently, acupuncture is widely used not only in Chinese clinics and hospitals, but also in other Asian and Western countries. It arrived in Europe in the 13th century. The father of European acupuncture is Michał Boym, a Polish Jesuit who emigrated to China and died there. Intrigued by acupuncture, he studied, described and translated Chinese works. At the beginning, acupuncture spread in the Netherlands, Italy, England and Russia.

  • An acupuncture boom broke out in the US after Nixon's visit to China. During the visit, one of the journalists accompanying the American president got sick and had to be operated on. Instead of anesthesia, an effective anesthesia acupuncture was performed on it, thus making this method a great advertisement.

  • It is worth emphasizing that acupuncture has been recognized as a therapeutic method by WHO and is widely used in many Asian, European, American and Australian countries.

  • Based on: Acupuncture treatment, dr H. Operacz, Medical Publisher PZWL, Warsaw

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  • A diagnostic and therapeutic method known for millennia with high efficiency and even greater safety of use.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

    A diagnostic and therapeutic method known for millennia with high efficiency and even greater safety of use.

  • Doctors practicing this medicine are the best clinical practitioners in the world of many ailments and diseases especially in the aspect of civilization diseases.

    Traditional Medicine
    Tibetan-Mongolian (TMM)

    Traditional Medicine
    Tibetan-Mongolian (TMM)

    Doctors practicing this medicine are the best clinical practitioners in the world of many ailments and diseases especially in the aspect of civilization diseases.

  • The attending physician is a high-class specialist Prof. Enji - internist and clinical professor of traditional medicine and acupuncture.

    Classical medicine - internal medicine

    Classical medicine - internal medicine

    The attending physician is a high-class specialist Prof. Enji - internist and clinical professor of traditional medicine and acupuncture.

  • During her work as a doctor, Prof. Enji met most of the Traditional Medical Systems including Japanese acupuncture and Far Eastern herbal medicine.

    Eastern Traditional
    Medical Systems (TSM)

    Eastern Traditional
    Medical Systems (TSM)

    During her work as a doctor, Prof. Enji met most of the Traditional Medical Systems including Japanese acupuncture and Far Eastern herbal medicine.

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