History of Acupuncture
How did Chinese Medicine make it’s mark on Western culture?
Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and history have a an ancient and richly developed relationship. Let’s begin our journey with the recent translation into Western culture around the turn of this century…
Chinese Medicine began to get noticed in 1928 when Soulie de Morant, the French consul in China, returned home with the Chinese medical texts he had translated into French and persuaded several doctors to examine the practice.
Interest grew steadily throughout Europe and America after World War II. The Acupuncture International Association was founded in 1949 by a group of nonconventional physicians in the United States. J. R. Worsley established the Chinese College of Acupuncture in England in 1960.
Unites States interest was slower to grow until the early 1970s, when the United States reestablished friendly relations with the People’s Republic of China. In 1973 the National Institute of Health sponsored an Acupuncture Research Conference, a signal of official approval for the testing of acupuncture’s claims.
People really started to take notice when Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China. On Nixon’s trip, journalists documenting his trip were amazed to observe major operations being performed on patients without the use of anesthetics. Instead, wide-awake patients were being operated on with only acupuncture needles inserted into them to control pain.
Fortunately for us, a famous columnist for the New York Times, James Reston, had to undergo surgery while in China. He elected to use acupuncture instead of pain medication, and consequently wrote some convincing articles about how well it worked!
Over the next few years a host of acupuncture texts appeared, acupuncture associations formed, and journals initiated.
The literary body of acupuncture and history has grown since then. Although there our thousands of relevant texts yet to be translated, we do have many journals devoted to the subject
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