The first medical account of acupuncture was in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine which dates from about 300BC. It provides the theoretical foundation for acupuncture today.
The first needles were made from stone, and then later from bronze, gold and silver. Today stainless steel is used.
Acupuncture practice developed gradually
throughout the centuries until its decline in
the eighteenth century when western medicine
became more mainstream.
During the Culture Revolution (1966-76), acupuncture was once again officially recognised. In china today it is offered within a hospital-based system in conjunction with bio-medicine from the West.