A Timeline of the History of Acupuncture

November 10, 2017


With its roots stretching back to over 6,000 years BCE, Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest medical practices. This practice of inserting fine needles into specific areas of the body tostimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body’ is used widely on a global scale to alleviate pain caused by a variety of conditions.  However, this form of traditional Chinese medicine has had a turbulent history, often being met with cynicism from medical professionals in the East and West, and has even been a banned practice.

Our timeline explores the rich history of acupuncture from its beginnings in ancient China to its use in modern medicine. 

Clinical Acupuncuture and Ancient Chinese Medicine by Dr. Jingduan Yang, MD and Dr. Daniel A. Monti, MD, MBA (2017) is now available on Oxford Medicine Online.

Read a free sample chapter 'Human Energy and Vital Resources', from Clinical Acupuncture and Ancient Chinese Medicine.


A version of this post was first published on the OUPblog.