What do you think of when you hear the word “acupuncture”?
For many, the term evokes images of ancient Chinese gurus piercing the skin with long, thin, scary-looking needles while bloodcurdling screams fill the air—a misnomer based on a general lack of information.
Luckily, I’m here to set the record, or needle, straight, by enlightening you on eight little-known facts about acupuncture…
1. Ancient Acupuncture Practice
Many folks know that acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago. However, the Daoists (or Taoists) are credited as the first to practice acupuncture as part of their philosophical, ethical, and religious tradition—one that dates back over 8000 years, and emphasizes that life should be lived in harmony with the Tao (a path, principle, or flow of energy that drives the universe and everything that exists).