Acupuncture is a method of healing strictly deriving from the principles of the Chinese Medicine. Although developed more than 2000 years ago, it is applicable for modern health problems to this day.
Difference between Chinese and Western Medicine
The Chinese Medicine has developed from a completely different approach towards human body and health than the Western Medicine.
The Western Medicine approach relies on forcing the body to act accordingly to what we believe is a correct way of functioning. If the body deviates from that assumption (in other words – illness), we start treating it. The course of treatment is conducted by taking chemical medications or by surgical procedures. In some cases, the body is far from being healthy (or in balanced) or even threatened by death that no other treatment can cure it. In such cases, the surgery or strong medications are needed.
But lots of diseases, especially chronic or acute ones such as infections, don’t need such drastic methods. That is why by taking medications for a long time and forcing the body to act within the induced norms and standards, numerous side effects appear.
The Chinese Medicine approach perceive the body and mind as inseparable and trust in its capability to heal itself. Our body-mind already knows the state of health and well-being, which is intrinsic to its nature or using the language of the modern science – contained in its DNA.
That is why the Chinese Medicine is not trying to force the body-mind to change in some way, but to remind it what is the natural state of well-being.
Minor changes to our diet, regular exercises or conscious breathing are often enough to mobilise our body-mind potential to heal itself. However, if the condition deteriorates and we contract a disease, we need a stronger push to remind our body what is the state of health.
It is like we dream and have a nightmare. In the dream we’ve already forgotten the we are in our room in a comfy bed. We need some kind of shaking to remind us what is our natural condition. That is what acupuncture does. Acupuncture mobilises our healing potential to which we normally don’t have an access. This is achieved by needling acupuncture points with very thin needles.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are described as caves or holes under our skin in which our source energy is gathering. This energy is called Qi. Qi is a collective energy deriving from the food we eat, fluids we drink and air we breathe. But also we inherit Qi from our parents during conception.
With a little skill you can feel these caves by moving your fingers along the surface of your body. Experienced acupuncturists can feel some sort of magnetic force dragging their fingers towards the points. Modern science proved the acupuncture points have distinguishable different surface potential than the rest of the skin.
Acupuncture points lay along the channels (meridians) which create a network. This network is not something physical like nerves or blood vessels. It is more like potential spaces surrounding our physical structures in the body. The channels network gathers all the physiological (digestion, circulation, hormonal, neurological, immunity, etc), emotional and mental processes to maintain body balance. It also connects our inner universe with the outer universe and makes us one. That is why for example women menstruate according to the moon phases.
When the imbalance appears, the channel system works to heal the body-mind and return it to the state of balance. It also prevents the disease from going deeper into the organs or tries to push it out from the organs to the surface. The process of disease and healing reflects in the channels and by unique methods of diagnosis such as pulse reading and palpation it can be detected. Then by needling selected points process of healing is enhanced. With every acupuncture treatment the body-mind gets a push towards the state of health. Nonetheless, it is difficult to say how many treatments are necessary for the body to regain its balance as that would depend on the disease itself and strength of the patient’s body-mind. Here you can learn what to expect from your first visit.
What diseases can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment and enhances self-healing potential of the body-mind to return to its balance. So potentially any disease seen as a breach in that balance can be treated with acupuncture. World Health Organisation has distinguished 100 diseases in which acupuncture can be helpful. In my practice I often treat patients with:
– pain conditions of different origin like backaches, migraines or muscle-skeleton pains,
– emotional and stress conditions which can cause a real disturbance in one’s life leading to sleep disturbance (insomnia), physical disorders or even diseases like hypertension,
– menstrual, hormonal and fertility problems which are nowadays growing rapidly,
– digestive disorders like diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
– autoimmune diseases. There is little help from Western Medicine to treat them because the reason is still unknown. Luckily many of them can be treated with help of the Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, herbs and moxibustion.