Just how did the Taoist magicians figure out Acupuncture? I mean, I can't imagine that someone volunteered to have hundreds of needles stuck in them. I have to imagine that the technique was discovered entirely by accident.
Tzun-Tse: "Guni-now! ¹ I stepped on a nail."
Sang Chen: "Does it hurt much?"
Tzun-Tse: "Well, actually, it doesn't, but all of a sudden, my craving to smoke opium has vanished."
Sang Chen: "Cool! Here, stand still a second."
Tzun-Tse: "Sure. YEEOWWW! What did you poke my ear with that needle!"
Sang Chen: "Well, I was wondering if it would cure your halitosis, Tzun..."
¹ Apparently, "guni-now chi bi lai" is particularly
offensive Chinese vulgarity. To date, no native Chinese speaker has
translated it for me.