With its roots stretching back to over 6,000 years BCE, Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest medical practices. This practice of inserting fine needles into specific areas of the body to ‘stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body’ is used widely on a global scale to alleviate pain caused by a variety of conditions. However, this form of traditional Chinese medicine has had a turbulent history, often being met with cynicism from medical professionals in the East and West, and has even been a banned practice. Our timeline, based on Clinical Acupuncture and Ancient Chinese Medicine, explores the rich history of acupuncture from its beginnings in ancient China to its use in modern medicine.
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