Beware of the Ancient Chinese Practice of Acupuncture

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Source: “Can You Trust your Doctor” by John Ankerberg and John Weldon

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment using needles to allegedly stimulate the flow of chi (mystical life energy) in the body. In order to diagnose the condition of the chi flowing through invisible body channels called meridians, the therapist will usually examine 12 major “pulse” points, 6 on each wrist. After allegedly learning where the flow of chi is blocked or deficient, he will stimulate the proper acupuncture points. This stimulation of the “acupoints” will restore the flow of chi and maintain inner balance in the body. This supposedly keeps the body healthy. Acupuncturists claim they can cure everything from migraine headaches to depression. The traditional acupuncture (magical) text is called Nei Ching, it was inspired largely by the astrological and occultic (e.g., Taoist) religious concepts of the day. The Nei Ching claims that the acupuncturist should be trained in divination, such as astrology, which the Bible condemns. Essentially, acupuncture involves a medical/religious practice based upon an ancient Chinese philosophy known as Taoism which stresses the idea that one must live in harmony with the universe and its forces. Taoist practices incorporates occult techniques and rituals. Acupuncture deals with energy, not human physiology; therefore, the acupuncturist need not have a particular concern with modern medical science or physiology. Acupuncture is based on an occult philosophy involving manipulation of energies (interestingly the spirits and gods of Taoism can be considered energies), and is traditionally associated with magic, astrology, and the occult; many modern acupuncturists are really psychics who operate through occult powers, no doubt some of the successes in acupuncture are also due to demonic forces. When you are laying on a table being treated by an acupuncturist, you are opening yourself to a practitioner who believes in an universal life force which is akin to a god in many religions. Christians should not seek practitioners who offer metaphysical cures that manipulate mystical energies. Acupuncture theory is incompatible with both scientific evidence and diametrically opposed to the Christian worldview. Both traditional and modern application teach the occult idea that chi is divine energy or God and that man is also God. The spirit world has encouraged its use through mediums such as the late Edgar Cayce. Acupuncture is widely practiced in New Age occultism which is all the more for one to beware of acupuncture.”

The origins of acupuncture alone should raise red flags:

“The origin of acupuncture is unknown, but similar practices can be traced to ancient shamanism. Dr. Samuel Pfeifer, M.D., a consulting psychiatrist and head physician at a pschiatric clinic in Switzerland, observes:

‘Treatment with needles, later termed acupuncture (from the Latin acus-“needle” and punctus- “point”) in the west, goes back to the earliest doctors, probably spiritistic shamans. They performed rituals similar to those found in today’s voodoo-cults, that attempt to expel evil spirits by sticking needles into the body of the sick. Later scholars abandoned the demonic model and integrated the use of needles into their astrological theories.’

Another source indicates that in the third to first centuries B.C., acupuncture was used in occultic ritual as a form of blood letting, also permitting the escape of the ‘evil spirits’ related to disease.

Acupuncture may have had a similar occultic origin in China…” (Can You Trust Your Doctor? pg. 113).

Evidence indicates the reason why it can work is because of demonic influence:

“Because acupuncture rejects science and claims to manipulate mystical or psychic energies, the door is left open to spiritistic operations performed under the names of these energies. As Dr. Pfeifer observes,

‘The acupuncturists’ failure to present scientific evidence has created a lush culture medium for occult therapies. Increasingly, authors are not even bothering to explain acupuncture scientifically. They would rather rely on cosmic, spiritistic and occult powers, that are adorned with pseudo scientific labels…’

Thus, an acupuncturist may be no more than a psychic/spiritistic healer who uses psychic abilities to diagnose or treat his patients under the concept of a universal life energy. When acupuncturists employ hand passes over alleged meridians to manipulate chi, the practice is indistinguishable from what many psychic healers do. Distinguishing a psychic or spiritistic invisible energies can be impossible. In acupuncture theory, every invisible power is traced back to chi. On what basis then can they be distinguished? Some acupuncturists have spirit guides and some claim to be able to manipulate the invisible chi energy merely by touch- again no different than what a psychic/spiritistic healer claims.” (Can You Trust Your Doctor?, pg. 140)

The following testimony comes from a Chinese doctor in Malaysia quoted from the book “They Shall Expel Demons” (Pgs. 135-136) by Derek Prince:

About eight years ago, at a retreat in Singapore, God spoke to me about the dangers of acupuncture and its link to the occult, especially its inseparable origin with traditional Chinese religion. I immediately renounced my practice of acupuncture- a skill I learned in Hong Kong and practiced successfully for five years.

As soon as I came back home, I announced to my startled staff of doctors, nurses and patients that acupuncture is dangerous and that I had renounced it and would not practice it anymore. I gathered all my machines, needles, books, diploma and charts and made a great bonfire of them publicly. The total cost of the items was about $15,000- but the blessings after that were priceless because:

  1. My wife, who had suffered from chronic migraine and had acupuncture, done by me many times before, was immediately healed without medicine or prayer.
  2. My unexplained fear of darkness immediately vanished.
  3. My medical practice, instead of suffering a loss, received a doublefold increase in blessings.

About three years ago we saw a very unusual case during  a healing rally in Kuching, East Malaysia. A Christian lady came forward for prayer regarding her rheumatism. As soon as we started, the Lord gave a word of knowledge that she had submitted herself to acupuncture treatment in the past. She confirmed it, but each time she tried to renounce it, she was thrown onto the floor screaming in severe pain.

We realized that she was being tormented by demons that had gained entry to her body through acupuncture. After we took authority over the demons and cast them out in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, she was delivered and totally healed. She then told us that each time she had tried to renounce acupuncture, invisible needles began to pierce her over the parts of her body where she had previously submitted herself to treatment.

Let me end by relating a tragic case. The Christian brother who taught me acupuncture suffered from severe depression and committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. The world does not know the whole truth, because he had everything in life, but I think I know: He came under a curse and paid for it with his life.


If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.

If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):

“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”

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