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In many Vedic literature, Vedic medicine is described and "satapatha brahmana" is one such ancient Sanskrit text. It is a textbook on acupuncture, which elaborately describes Indian medicine - sapta-dhatu. Sapta-dhatu is an eight-point therapy in acupuncture.
Eight needling points in acupuncture:
Although, sapta means seven, acupuncture has eight points and they are:
1) Rasa - nourishing fluid - muscle & tendon
2) Rakta - blood
3) mamsa - flesh
4) medha - fat
5) asthi - bone & cartilage
6) majja - morrow
7) Retuss - semen, vascular systems
8) Prana - respiratory tissue - (here prana means 'mukhya/chief' prana as described in Hindu philosophy).
For example: all blood related problems, blood point is needled; for all bone diseases, bone point is needled.
In Hindu philosophy, there is a famous saying - "hari sarvottama; vaayu jeevottama"- hari, vaayu and Jeevottama are acupuncture points.
Vedic medicines are acupuncture, ayurveda, yoga, etc; and all these are based on the principles of pancha mahabhootha and ida-pingala.
We have forgottn the acupuncture therapy for reasons not known to us. Many Chinese came to India, particularly in Buddhist period, to learn acupuncture, ayurveda, yoga, etc. In turn many Indians went to china on the invitation from the Chinese emperors, from time to time. It is the Hindu Buddhist monk, who went from India, built the famous 'Shaolin temple' in china. He not only built the temple, but also taught acupuncture, ayurveda, yoga, martial arts, etc. I have heard that this monk is from south India - Kanchipuram.
Chinese have preserved and are practicing acupuncture even today. Hence, it is called Chinese medicine.
- Raghavendrachar (Yoga shikshak & sujok acupuncturist), Bangalore, India