What is Acupuncture?
As a student of Acupuncture it will be hard to define what exactly it is in one paragraph, a better way to explain would be to actually invite you to sit in on my classes and read my textbooks with me, so we’ll settle with this for now. One thing I can tell you is that in the context of discussing the topic you will find that it most always ends with somebody talking about how they got Acupuncture once or they know somebody who has and they had amazing results with it. One of the purposes of this Blog is to share with you information on what Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is, how it works, how it can help you and answer any other questions that you may be wondering about, and throughout the lifetime of this Blog I intend to do just that. So I welcome your questions, your comments and any suggestions that you may have along the way!
So for now my answer to the question is this:
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese Medicine practice that originated over five thousand years ago. The practitioner bases his/her treatment on a holistic overview of the patient, i.e. symptomatic patterns, relationships, environmental factors, emotional factors, life experiences, diet and nutrition and overall body and life dynamics that the practitioner can observe and obtain from discussion with the patient. Very thin needles are used as tools to essentially tap into a set of channels or meridians that run like a highway system through our bodies. These meridians are each interconnected to internal organs and specific organ pathways, and within these channels flows Qi, an energetic substance that can be defined as “life force”. Each meridian contains a series of points; and when stimulated, each serves their own significant purpose. Generally speaking, by manipulating the needles, one can rebalance the energy flow (Qi) and therefore, rebalance the body restoring health.
If you are interested in reading more about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, here are a couple of books that I recommend:
The Web That Has No Weaver
Between Heaven and Earth