A brief history of acupuncture
Acupuncture originated in China, although it has also been used in other East Asian countries. Evidence suggests that it was practiced as long as 2,000 years ago, although supporters of it often claim that it has been used for over 5,000 years. It has been intertwined with spiritual and religious practices throughout Chinese history. Acupuncture has a close association with Taoism, taoists being pioneers of the belief in body-mind-spirit consciousness.Early accounts of acupuncture written by missionaries describe acupuncture as being quite different to what we're led to believe. The needles were large, inserted deeply, and used in short duration; '30 respirations' being quoted by missionary Wilhelm Ten Rhijn in 1680.