What: The WY? Acupuncture History Lesson

March 13 2014

You may have read about acupuncture in a glossy, heard your favourite celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Sandra Bullock extoling its benefits, or you might have been pricked and pinned yourself. As you would imagine at WY? we often get asked for specific referrals and acupuncture has been top of the pops lately…. so we thought we’d enlighten you on the origins as well as chat to several of Australia’s leading ladies wielding pins about the power of this ancient treatment…


Here’s the WY? acupuncture history lesson – but not like you know it: short, sharp and to the point. We’ve also thrown in a few interesting facts just for fun…

- The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, “needle” and pungere, “to prick.”

-  Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old and is one of the oldest practising forms of medicine known to date.

- Traditional acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. Developed, tested, researched and refined for centuries to give us a complex understanding of the body’s energetic balance.

- The first known book of Chinese Medicine, ‘The Classic of Internal Medicine’ dates back to between the first century BC and first century AD with all styles of acupuncture currently practiced tracing back to the text in this book.

- Western trained doctors attempted to ban traditional Chinese Medicine in China in the early twentieth century however this was rejected by the National Medical Assembly in Shanghai on 17 March 1929 (phew!). A day that is now celebrated each year as Chinese Doctor’s Day.

- Traditional Chinese medicine remained in the shadows to Western Medicine until 1934/1935 when it was used to treat soldiers without drugs and anaesthetics. From this point on, traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine have been practised side by side in China.

- Acupuncturists feel your pulse and look at your tongue to gain a better understanding of what’s going on inside the body before they begin a treatment using very small, painless needles….