History of Acupuncture
Acupuncture originated in China about 5000
years ago and is one of the oldest, most
commonly used systems of healing in the world.
It is still the primary medical system for 1/4 of the world’s
The beauty of Chinese medicine is that, over time, there have been
many diverse theories on how to treat different diseases, whether
there are changes in climatic conditions, or according to different
geographic locations or, according to current epidemic situations. In
all these cases, there are books written regarding treatment and all
these theories contribute to the wealth of the medicine. This is why
the medical culture is so rich with information, especially next to the
model of Western medicine which is just 200 years old.
There has been a rapid growth in the awareness and use of Chinese
Medicine in Western countries since President Nixon’s visit to China
in 1971. Many colleges offer Master’s degrees in Traditional Asian
Medicine and the acupuncture profession is licensed in most states.
In 1993, the Food and Drug Administration estimated that
Americans made up to 12 million visits to acupuncture practitioners
each year and spent more than half a billion dollars on acupuncture
treatments per year.
There are many reasons for this rapid rise in popularity. Patients
who have tried acupuncture are usually amazed and pleased with
the outcome and tell their friends. Also recent clinical research
supports the efficacy of acupuncture for a variety of conditions.
In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized that
acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat nearly four
dozen common ailments, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions
(such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and neck/shoulder
pain); gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers,
chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness,
anorexia and gastritis), emotional and psychological disorders (such
as depression and anxiety); circulatory disorders (such as
hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia);
addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; and respiratory
disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis).
In 1997, a consensus statement released by the National Institutes of
Health found that acupuncture could be useful by itself or in
combination with other therapies to treat addiction, headaches,
menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain,
osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma.
Classical Acupuncture differs from the commonly practiced TCM.
Classical acupuncture is derived from the classic texts, which
Chinese medicine evolves from. It is the medicine, which was
practiced all over China, in tribes and in families, for centuries,
before the Cultural Revolution, when Chairman Mao developed
TCM as a simplified synthesis of these varied methods.
The world's foremost transmitter of Classical Chinese Medicine, is the
renowned Mr Jeffrey Yuen, Taoist doctor and priest; 88th generation
of his Taoist lineage: Yu Ching Huang Lao Pai, (Jade Purity School,
Yellow Emperor/Lao Tzu sect), and the 26th generation of Chuan
Chen Lung Men Pai (Complete Reality School, Dragon Gate Sect).
Classical acupuncture is an inclusive medicine, offering thousands of
years of information and experience in the treatment of disease. This
allows for a more thorough assessment of diagnosis and treatment of
disease imbalance. In addition, Classical acupuncture practitioners
use more than 60 energy pathways when assessing and treating a
disease imbalance. This increases the benefits of treatments and
provides broader and deeper shifts in the disease imbalance.
Classical acupuncture is very effective for any type of chronic issues,
ranging from imbalances evolving since childhood, emotional
imbalances, to acute pain conditions. TCM practitioners focus on 12
pathways, presenting a limited approach.
In addition to this difference, Classical Acupuncture takes into
consideration all the works written and orally transpired throughout
the history of Chinese Medicine. Throughout thousands of years,
there have been many schools of thought, many Masters. These
varying philosophies reflect the depth of information and wisdom,
knowledge passed down and changing through various times and
history in the Chinese Culture. All of these schools of thought have
their value in treating patients today. In a world where disease is
complicated by a myriad of influences, environmental and lifestyle,
the more solutions we have for a problem, the more accessible a
solution and sustaining a solution will be.
Classical Chinese Medicine doesn’t through the baby out with the
bathwater. It respects and utilizes all the information passed down
thru the ages as equipment, a veritable world of possibilities for the
treatment and understanding of disease progression. The depth and
value of this tradition is essential for the treatment of illness today.
It brings a wide range of possibilities to the treatment of such
conditions as cancer and AIDS and enhances our understanding of
the evolution of disease from the internalization of External
Pathogenic Factors, such as a cold and how it can be suppressed in
our system to become more serious conditions such as fibromyalgia,
chronic fatigue, arthritis etc.
Classical Acupuncture works with building health, not just
alleviating signs and symptoms. It is a precise system of
understanding the evolution and treatment of illness, based on
extensive and comprehensive theory and a unique consideration of
lifestyle and awareness as the fountains of longevity.
It is throught the cultivation and practice of the Master, Jeffrey Yuen,that Classical Acupuncture is shared and experienced in the worldtoday.
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