Knowing the history of Chinese medicines/therapies and acupuncture

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Traditional Chinese medicines and therapies originated in ancient China and evolved over thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicines practitioners use herbal medicines and different mind and body practices like acupunctures and tai chi, to treat and prevent health problems.


TCM practices include dietary therapies, acupuncture, herbal medicines, exercise and Chinese massage. Dating back to 14th-11th century BC, the healing activities required to provide solutions for various ailments like swollen abdomen, eye disorders and dental problems. However, none of the facts attests that the Shang nobility relied on herbal remedies to cure the above-mentioned ailments. Shang dynasty had a strange predilection toward acupuncture, which is obvious through bone and stone needles that historians found in ancient tombs.


During the second or first century BC, Shang people developed a special liking for medical lancing and acupuncture. During its historical development, Traditional Chinese medicines had been quite instrumental in ensuring the health of Chinese people by relying on certain practical experiences and theoretical systems. After that, Chinese people learnt how body movement and boundary could help individuals to cure some diseases. This knowledge allowed the completion of Dao Yin, which is presently known as Tai Ji Quan (shadow boxing) or Qigong.


Over the years, numerous medicinal and therapeutic practices thrive in China. The Yin and Yang, primarily focuses on the theoretical and corresponding aspects of body parts. The Five Phases draws a different communication between the Universe and human body, thus contributing to bring the Zang-Fu into existence. Other therapeutic practices like Qi, Xue, Jinye, Oriental massage (Tui Na), electro acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha and Die-da became highly effective forces (therapies rather) to reckon with in later years.


The philosophy of acupuncture came into existence some 8,000 years ago. The Taoist tradition followers believed in the amazing effects of meditation, they were capable to examine the flow of energy within their bodies. In the Stone Age, when Chinese people used to utilize stone needles to heal complex ailments. Afterward, during the Haung Di period, the Chinese Medical Arts became an inseparable part of The Nei Jing. In 1822, the Emperor barred Acupuncture from the Imperial Medical Institute. However, afterward, it became a main therapeutic practice in other Asian countries.

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