Many people ask me what acupuncture is, how does it work, is it real, does it really work, etc… I am also often asked what I think is a better approach, Eastern or Western. I have to say, neither. Both have their place, and I will always choose holistic Eastern medicine over Western if possible, but sometimes there is a need for a blending of both to have a balanced approach to health.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine date back thousands of years. It is a Daoist medicine, and maintains the belief that the body and mind are not separate from each other, and should treated as one energetic system. The goal of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is to treat the person; mind, body, AND spirit.The person is treated as a whole, and prevention, is key!
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is difficult to understand from a Western perspective, because there are some concepts that have no comparison in Western medicine. One of those concepts is Qi. Qi is energy that flows through the body via channels/meridians. If the Qi becomes stagnant, depleted, excessive, etc…in a particular area, this can cause illness, disease, or pain. Acupuncture is a way to tap into that energy and get things flowing properly. Acupuncture works with the energetics of the body by balancing and teaching the body how to heal itself!
Although acupuncture is greatly associated with Chinese medicine, it is not the only part. Dietary therapy and nutrition, Auricular (ear) acupuncture, herbs, moxibustion, Tui Na (Oriental bodywork), Gua Sha, cupping, bleeding, trigger point, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Feng Shui, and lifestyle changes are just some of the different areas that acupuncturists are educated in!
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is an energetic medicine. It is based on the belief that you should treat the person, not the symptoms or the disease. In order to reach optimal health and happiness, the mind, body, and spirit should all be in balance!
My training is in three different styles of acupuncture and Eastern medicine. Those three styles are Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element, and Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese.