Oriental Medicine - Past and Present
Oriental Medicine is at least 3,000 years old. Written evidence from China dates back to about 1,500 BC, and archaeological evidence of medicinal herbs and acupuncture needles dates back to about 5,000 BC. So while ancient documents indicate that acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago, the popularity of Oriental Medicine continues to grow significantly in the United States today, and this popularity can be traced back to the 1970’s when President Nixon made his historic visit to The People’s Republic of China.
Let me tell you a short story about what happened back then to bring the power of Oriental Medicine into view for the whole world:
Ping Pong Diplomacy
As a result of Ping Pong diplomacy in the 1970’s, when ping pong players from the United States and the People’s Republic of China met in a cultural exchange that paved the way for a visit to Beijing by Nixon, a well-know journalist for the New York Times named James Reston followed along to report on this historic event.
As fate would have it, Reston found himself in a dangerous health situation, needing to have his appendix removed. His need to be ‘opened up’ surgically caused an opening in health care options for people in western countries on par with the diplomatic opening he was in China to report on.
And while acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been practiced in North America ever since the arrival of the first Chinese immigrants, very few non-Chinese had any knowledge of, let alone experience with, these traditional healing techniques.
So after Reston recovered from his operation he wrote a report describing his experience of being treated in a Chinese hospital by a medical team made up of western-trained Chinese MDs and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.
And because of the health emergency experienced by an internationally known journalist from the New Times, the world found out that Oriental Medicine is a safe, effective, time-tested, health care system that can yield amazing results.