There is a growing trend where people from all walks of life are thinking about medicine differently. They are considering options besides the pharmaceutical industry, considering the controversy that surrounds the entire sector. In fact, a 2018 study that concluded that U.S. residents, in particular, had lost more trust than ever with “Big Pharma.”
This is great news for the acupuncture sector since the practice has been around for so long and utilized before modern medicine even existed. If you’ve never tried acupuncture, and want to know more, here are some quick milestones in the history of acupuncture.
One of the incredible aspects of how human beings operated before modern technology is the fact that information wasn’t so accessible. If skills, knowledge, religions, wanted to be taught in a particular region; missionaries or other types of ambassadors would have to be sent.
Believe it or not, acupuncture had already spread from China to Korea by some time around the 6th century (A.D). When Vietnam began trading with China and Korea, acupuncture practice was influenced and spread further than ever, as well.
The Time It Was Banned
If you are familiar with acupuncture, you know that it is a procedure in which thin needles are inserted into the body, and has existed as a medical practice for thousands of years in ancient China. However, did you know that it was not allowed at one point?
It wasn’t long ago in terms of the history of acupuncture, either. Specifically, in 1822, there was a formal degree from Emperor Daoguang banning the practice. Some believe that this was the result of “Western influence.”
An American Reporter Helped Popularize It
The first time that acupuncture was discussed in the national news was in 1971. James Reston traveled to China to report on global issues. However, he suffered pain and was forced to undergo emergency surgery. After this surgery, he wrote about the operation and the fact that acupuncture and moxibustion were involved. This led to more Americans wondering about acupuncture than ever.
Growing More Than Ever
While acupuncture has been a tradition that has thrived over thousands of years in Asia, it is still relatively new in comparison in Europe and the United States. Regardless, with more individuals in general interested in holistic medicine methods, it has grown in popularity significantly over the past several decades. In fact, a National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in 2007 concluded that the number of Americans who had tried acupuncture increased from 8.19 million to over 14 million. A January 2019 article from USA Today also pointed out how one of the fastest growing industries in the country was specialty therapy offices, such as offices that might provide services such as acupuncture and other homeopathic remedies.