ancient China, sicknesses were believed to be caused by angry Gods or
Goddesses and evil spirits. To heal the people, Shamans, Witches, and
Faith Healers called upon angry gods and offered things if the Gods
would heal the person. Healers were only effective if they could call
on Gods or spirits to help heal patients. Over the years these kinds
of practices were not of favor. Hippocratic medicine took its place.
Most witches, Shamans, and faith healers were accused of black magic.
Many were put to death. By the 16th Century spiritual medicine disappeared.
believed that channels in your body carried Qi, which is known as vital
energy. Each seperate organ represented a different channel that Qi,
pronounced chEE, like in cheese, was transferred through. When
there was not enough Qi flowing through a channel, they said that this
channel is in a "disease of Bi", Bi meaning pain. If there
is internal disease, say in the lungs, the "Qi flow" would
be unnatural in the lungs channel. Acupuncture allowed them to concentrate
on that one area of sickness. The points in which the acupuncture took
place were very specific,
aiming for an area that would have the most influence on your Qi. Chinese
people treated pain, or Bi, with acupuncture. If they concentrated on
certain areas of the channel, they could fix the flow of Qi.