Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Who invented acupuncture and why?
A: Acupuncture was not invented by one particular person, but by a culture in ancient China dating back 4,000 years. One can find many references to ancient elders of tribes and clan communes including Fu Xi and his stone acupuncture needles and Huang Di’s invention of moxibustion and acupuncture. These documents are also references to communal development and the refinement of these healing techniques over a long period of time. As a tribal medicine and healing method, acupuncture and herbal medicine served the important role of maintaining health and wellness in the clan and assisted in creating a harmonious group.