1962 - 1964
A group of Bulgarian physicians gained fellowships to study Traditional Chinese Medicine /TCM/ therapeutic approaches and went to PR China. On coming back Dr Maria Tsekova, MD, PhD has introduced Acupuncture therapy on a routine daily basis at the Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Sofia Medical Academy. Later on, she headed a special Section of Acupuncture at the same Department.
1975 - 1976
Board-certification of the first Bulgarian fellows
Acupuncture sections at the Sofia Medical Academy Departments of Neurology, Dermatology, Internal Diseases and Physiotherapy as well as some of the largest towns of the country were inaugurated under a Ministry Doctrine
Acupuncture section at the Bulgarian Neurology Society was founded headed by Dr Tsekova
Sofia hosted the VІІІ World SIA Acupuncture Congress. During the meeting a transformation of the Acupuncture Section into a specialized Association in Acupuncture occurred.
The Association in Acupuncture becomes Bulgarian Society of Traditional Chinese Medicine.