Essay The American Mind During Richard Nixon

1222 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Since it took root in the American mind during Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1971, acupuncture has become one of the most well-known and widely used practitioner-based forms of alternative medicine in the United States. Though most commonly thought of as the insertion of needles into energy pathways in the body, acupuncture also includes electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, acupressure, Shiatsu, auriculotherapy, and moxibustion (heat therapy), among others. (Ulett, Han, & Han, 1998)
Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China approximately 3000 years ago. During the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), texts written by Chinese physician, Li-Sheh-chin, facilitated its spread to the West via merchant ships. Trade with the West brought medical missionaries to China and patient care gradually shifted from acupuncture to allopathic medicine. In 1822, acupuncture ceased to be taught at the Imperial Medical College. It remained so until its revival by Mao Tse-tung when he systematized Traditional Chinese Medicine to be taught and utilized for citizens of the People’s Republic. (Lewith, n.d.) Acupuncture’s current popularity in the United States emerged following Nixon’s visit to China, when a U.S. journalist received acupuncture therapy for post-surgical pain following an appendectomy. (Ernst, 2005, p. 126)
Acupuncture evolved amid a time when practitioners lacked the benefit of anatomy to examine the structure, purpose and dysfunction of internal organs and systems.…

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