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A History of Acupuncture – Part II Neuro-Mechanical Acupuncture

neuro mechanical acupunctureIn his book Natural Health, a manual combining Eastern and Western philosophies and written for both massage therapists and people suffering from chronic pain, Bruce Hocking, D. Ac., teaches us how and why Acu therapy works.
Classical acupuncture (dating back to over 2000 years) is a vast body of ancient knowledge collected and compiled over many centuries by the Chinese. It is a system for diagnosing and treating disease using fine needles inserted into specific points on the body.

Another ancient practice, Taoism, is a philosophy that has as its first principle the concept of Yin and Yang.
Taoists believe that these equal and opposite forces coexist in the universe and must be in balance for harmony to prevail. Illness was thought to result from an imbalance in Yin and Yang in the body. Classical
acupuncturists inserted needles into points to either increase or decrease the amount  of energy in a given organ system. The objective was to restore the balance of Yin and Yang and in theory, restore health.

Since acupuncture is said to influence the entire body, the diagnosis of a disease is often very different
from a diagnosis with Western medicine, which often looks for an external cause or agent to explain the disease. Eastern medicine, on the other hand, looks at the body as a whole in which health is considered to be a state of  total harmony between the physical, emotional and spiritual states of a person.

When applicable, we refer our patients/clients to a very talented healer, an acupuncturist who was born, raised and educated in China. During the first session, which often includes his diagnosis, the Dr. provides an assessment and plan for treatment. He then explains how acupuncture works because his treatment will be very different from what we are accustomed to receiving through traditional Western theories and protocols. When patients are equipped with their new way of thinking about other healthcare options, they feel less anxious and more prepared to receive acupuncture.
Acu therapy, which is performed with a needle and/or electricity or manual pressure and applied to traditional acupuncture points or nerve points is based on chi, the unseen energy force that flows throughout our body in 14 channels, also called meridians, that are linked to all of the organs of the body.

Chi is considered to be the vital life force that keeps our blood circulating, helps us keep warm and fights disease (dis-ease). The goal here is that one’s chi will become unblocked while they relax into Eastern medicine philosophies and techniques. I, for one, have found that when nothing else has worked, acupuncture has come to my rescue. Can you tell I’m a “tried and true” believer in this ancient practice?
Nancy Shores – LMT

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