The technique of acupuncture is being practiced in many Asian countries for over 2000 years. It was first recorded in an ancient Chinese medical text titled “Huang Di Nei Jing”. During the 6th century, many Chinese medicines and therapies, including acupuncture, were introduced in Japan. When Buddhism became popular, acupuncture became a part of religious medicine.
In the 17th century, Waichi Sugiyama, a blind Japanese acupuncturist, developed an insertion method that provided a painless way of treating various ailments. In Japan, this therapy has become an integral part of health care, and is used to treat various ailments such as fatigue, nausea, arthritis, and digestive problems.
“Acupoints” or specific points of the human body are stimulated using various techniques including insertion of hair-thin, metallic needles. The idea behind this therapy is to remove any blockages in the bloodstream, and restore good health.