If we were to play a game of word association & I said Acupuncture, most of us would say China.
If I was to say Chinese Medicine, most of us would say Acupuncture.
We are conditioned into thinking that Acupuncture was introduced by the Chinese. Not only are we conditioned to think so, we are further convinced that this is true because of the longevity of its history.
The earliest records of Chinese Acupuncture date back to 200BC in the seminal Chinese Medicine reference manual, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon.
But are we right to associate Acupuncture & therefore Dry Needling with the history of China?
Some authors suggest that Acupuncture was actually practiced before 200BC & not in China.
The story of Oetzi the Iceman goes back to 5000BC. This almost perfectly preserved hunter’s body, found in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria describes how German tourists find a body that dates back to the Ice Age. The body carried tattooed markings that were thought to be Acupuncture prescriptions on his buttock, lower back and leg.
We discuss this wonderful story in our online Dry Needling theory course.
So we know that the history of Acupuncture is unclear but what has that got to do with Dry Needling?
Does Dry Needling have origins within the history of Acupuncture?
Even the disbelievers like Dr Felix Mann who wrote “Reinventing Acupuncture” cannot deny the physiological effects of inserting fine metal filaments into the body, whether they are inserted into acupoints or Myofascial trigger points.
These effects are well documented, but the question in my mind is whether inserting a needle into several acupoints as TCM practitioners do, creates the same collective effect as a Dry Needling Therapist who inserts the same needles into trigger points?