To get an understanding of acupuncture, we need to look at its background.
Its roots go back a long way. In fact, over 2000 years. It was first practiced in China. The early form was based around the concept of ‘Qi’ energy.
It stemmed from a belief that there are lines of meridians that run around the body. They believed that energy blockages create pain and disease. And that, restoring the flow of energy helped to improve health and relieve pain.
Thus, with its long history, it clearly has a very well-established tradition. However, it didn’t arrive in Europe until the 17th Century. At that time, it was popular in France and Germany. It was lesser-known in Britain.
However, it has grown in prominence over recent years in the UK. This is due to its western-scientific approach to the practice. In addition, acupuncture is becoming increasingly well researched.