The Background of Ancient Chinese Acupuncture

Acupuncture is widely used by millions of people throughout the world. In China, it is a highly revered form of treatment. The first treatise on Chinese acupuncture was named the Hei Ching and it is around 4,500 years old. It is comprised of 34 volumes and several books and includes the modes of treatment and medical cases used throughout ancient Chinese history. A Chinese physician named Pien Chi’ao tells in the first book how he was able to resuscitate a patient in a coma. The medical methods used and cases are scientifically explained and comprehensively described. The acupuncturist also states that, to be able to attain the ideal balance of energy, he combined the use of medicinal herbal extracts to his acupuncture treatment for 20 months.

A Chinese acupuncturist follows a methodology that comes out of the psychology and philosophy of Kampo – traditional Chinese medicine. This methodology is derived from the Chinese culture, and has been merged into the Taiwanese and Japanese modes of treatment as well. All the things that surround us, as well as all of nature’s manifestations and phenomena, Kampo has comprehensively collated. It expounds the seasonal and natural phenomena and all the studies and researches in traditional medicine conducted by all civilizations of the world over the course of time. In this variety of beliefs, the energy systems of people are philosophically defined and the existence of negative, female energy (Yin), and positive, male energy (Yang) is affirmed. These principles are used to classify the various organs in the human body; thus, in Chinese medicine, we see the vital organs being categorized as either Yin organs or Yang organs. The Yin and Yang concept is based on the observation of the relationship between the Universe and man that continuously strives to a attain balance between these two opposing complementary energetic forces. In Western conventional medicine, when these energies are in balance, the body is deemed to be in a state of homeostasis. The human body, in Yin and Yang theory, is subject to five elements: fluids, vegetation, mineral, earth, and warmth. The human body’s energy is associated with the organs and that each organ relates to a specific element. For example, liver corresponds to wood, kidneys to water, lungs to metals, pancreas and spleen to earth, and heart to fire. The entire body is grouped into energy channels (meridians) related to the major organs. Chinese Acupuncture treatments are utilized on the 14 primary meridians spread across the human body.

There are six basic acupuncture points (acupoints) that makes up a single meridian. There are acupoints of reduced vibrations and of low resistance along each meridian and, in order to balance the energy system, these acupoints are needled during an acupuncture procedure. There is an alarm point or hot foot point on each meridian. The alarm point becomes painful even when gently touched when it has a disruption in the flow of energy. The existent therapy on the corresponding meridian begins at these points, through the use of herbal formulas, moxibustion, or acupuncture (needling). A hundred years ago, it was known that the human body had a little over 800 acupoints. Today, there is over 940 known acupoints mapped throughout the human body.

In traditional Chinese medicine, a disease or illness is the result of an imbalance between yin and yang. To restore balance between these two forces, acupuncture, along with Chinese herbal formulas that’s administered in appropriate dosages, can be used. The effectiveness of a combined acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment for thousands of years has proven to be the key to longevity and well-being for countless number of people. Visit a licensed Orlando Chinese acupuncturist to begin utilizing the healing effects of traditional Chinese medicine today.

Dr. Hailing Fu, D.O.M.
Ling’s Acupuncture, Inc.
120 Gatlin Ave
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 851-2533