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Anthony Cao Asian 370 – 001 08 September 2011 Defining Acupuncture and TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine includes a variety of treatments developed in ancient China, including herbal medicine, moxibustion, acupuncture, etc. Moxibustion involves heat treatment of dried mugwort that is either burned near the body or onto the body, particularly the painful parts. In addition to this, acupuncture serves a similar purpose of inserting needles into specified parts of the body to relieve stress, pain, reduce chances and effects of disease, etc. The ideologies behind both practices is in inner alchemy, which represents the inner qi of a person. This qi, along with the channels that it supposedly travels through, are correlated with China’s
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Unformatted text preview: “geographical, philosophical, political and religious realities” (Lo 497). These also correlate with the ideas behind Daosim. Acupuncture would later evolve into a respected medical practice in China until the Ming and Qing dynasties, where it would be pushed aside by other, preferable practices that did not require needles. It would decline into near non-existence until Mao decided to put his support behind acupuncture. He was able to use it as a means of national pride, and saw it as a vital tool for China. Because of this, acupuncture was kept from its extinction in China, and is now a readily available practice in modern day China....
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