A Little Bit of History
Traditional Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is just one method of treatment, was first officially organized and practiced over 2,000 years ago, around the time of the Eastern Zhou period of the Zhou (or Chou) dynasty (circa 1100-221 BC). It has been recorded that court officials were trained to administer medical services, such as acupuncture and herbal treatments, to the Emperor. The development of the medicine was greatly influenced by the philosophy of Taoism, a philosophy which regards the balance and harmony found in nature to be the highest and ultimate expression of truth. Acupuncture, as just one aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, was developed to help bring the body back to this natural state of balance and harmony (or truth) before major illness ever presented itself.