Is that rude? I don’t mean it to be. But, I don’t ask the doctor how my antibiotics work or how the heart medication my Dad takes works. I just trust that the doctors know what they are doing and that these things are tried and tested.
So what is it about Acupuncture that makes people so curious? It’s certainly been tried and tested! Acupuncture has been around for over 2000 years, we know this as manuscripts have been found which document treatment protocols that are still used today and these refer to even older writings! So we can be pretty confident that a practice that has been around for such a long time could only have survived if it was successful.
I wonder if the curiosity comes from the fact that it’s so far away from the Western medicine that we are all familiar with. In Eastern medicine the body is viewed as many interconnecting systems - each relying on the other, each reducing or increasing the role or influence of the other. What does this mean though?
It was the Chinese elders many many years ago, living in complete harmony with nature and their surroundings (much like we all must have done once) who were able to map the bodies' systems, organs and the connected pathways between them (we now know this to be connective tissue or fascia). Quite how they did this with no x-rays or MRI machines is a bit of a mystery! An interesting fact as well, is that they did not perform human dissection either!
These communication pathways or Channels, as they are referred to in Acupuncture, connect the organs with each other and cover the whole body from the finger tips to the top of the head. Each Channel has many important and influential junctions along its length, these are where the Acupuncture points are found, there are 365 major points. It’s at these points we are able to influence the behaviour of the Energy which flows within. We refer to this as Energy as Qi, which translates to 'life force' .
When we treat a client we try to understand what is happening holistically and which Channels are involved - very rarely is there one thing going on. If we want to control an Excessive condition such as allergies, where the body is over reacting to a given stimulus, then we needle the appropriate points in a Reducing direction (reducing the Energy in that Channel) and if we want to increase the Energy in the Channel for a Deficient condition such as lower back pain, we needle in the Reinforcing direction (increasing the Energy flowing thru that Channel). We always complement any Reducing needles with Reinforcing needles in another Channel so that we do not deplete the Client's Qi, but build it up where necessary to aid recovery.
I like to think the needles 'talk' to the body and help to 'reset' it where needed, bringing it back into balance. If you would like to know more and think that Acupuncure may be able to help you, please do get in touch.