This blog is going to be broken into three parts:
History of Acupuncture, the Meridian system, Yin and Yang.
I have a good friend who asked me about the history of western medicine. He was expelling so much pride of all the accomplishment made by modern science, research and thought. I asked my friend if he knew how long Chinese medicine has been around. I have heard more than a million years to at least 6,000 years. Archeologists have uncovered bian stones that were sharpened stones and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) about 2000 BC as the first acupuncture needles.
My friend was extolling the benefits pharmaceuticals and how we all can live so much longer than, ‘way back when’. Unfortunately for my friend the U.S. is ranked about 35th in the world for longevity, right below third world nations of Costa Rica and Slovenia. Japan is first with the average life span being ten years longer than U.S. citizens. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation in the world. Next closest is Norway at $3000 less per person per year. Japan spends less than half as much money per person than the American citizen. Acupuncture fees are much less expensive and more affordable than most medical modalities in the U.S.
The American Medical Association (AMA) was legally recognized around 1900. The modern era of the Food and Drug Administration began in 1906. Even though western medicine has been around a very short period of time the history is froth with debate and politicking to destroy the naturalist. My mentor, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), one time jokingly commented that the U.S. was down to its last breeding couples of NMD’s in the 1970’s. Naturopathic medicine has been enjoying a very vibrant resurgence over the past 40 years. Acupuncture is a corner stone of many NMD’s practice. Naturopathic medicine, including acupuncture, will eventually become the go to medicine in the west.
The science of Acupuncture has evolved into benefits that have been studied by western medicine and proven to stand up to the scrutiny of Imperial Research, double blind studies. Acupuncture follows the meridian system which is more embryonic than the much better understood neurological system. The study of the Five Element theory is a foundational principle that guides the practitioner of Acupuncture in the placement of the needles.
I would like to challenge you to experience Acupuncture. Most people quickly fall asleep and awaken rested and refreshed after a 30 – 60 minute treatment. Come to Shea Wellness Group and see how stimulated we can get your Qi.
If you would like more information about true naturopathic medicine please call Shea Wellness Group at (602) 569-0223. Nancy will get you connected to the doctor who can best fit your schedule and needs.