How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture works by affecting the quality of energy or Chi that flows through the twelve main and eight extra meridians of the body. These flows are assessed by feeling the quality of the twelve pulses. These pulses are found near the radial artery on both the left and right wrist. These flows are also assessed by careful observation of the person by the practitioner. On the twelve main meridians of energy that run through the body there are 365 main acupuncture points. If you consider the meridians as rivers of the body, the acupuncture points are like reservoirs that can flow into the rivers when needed.
These points increase both the quality and quantity of energy that flows in these meridians. For each treatment the acupuncturist will assess the blocks between the meridians and pick out specific acupuncture points for that person on the day. These points will be aimed at healing the person at the levels of body, mind and spirit.
There are two basic techniques used in acupuncture to affect to flow of chi through the meridians. The first involves the insertion of very fine needles to release the chi of a particular point into the meridian and the body as a whole. The second technique is the use of a herb called Moxa. Small cones of this herb are burnt resting on the skin to warm and supply energy to the acupuncture point. Occasionally needles are left in to clear an over supply of energy.
Over the last 4 thousand years acupuncture has gone through many stages of development and schools of thought. Classical 5 Element is an ancient form of acupuncture. It is thought to have originated around 200BC (Han Dynasty) when the Chinese were going through a period when they observed nature, natural laws and noticed how these laws worked in people.
Background to the 5 Element Style
Through pulse and tongue diagnosis a modern Chinese Medicine practitioner will find external cause of disease such as Damp, Cold and Heat. Treatment will be planned to heal these external causes, sometimes also incorporating the use of herbs, massage and cupping. Classical 5 Element Acupuncture looks for emotional or spirit level causes for a person distress and believes by healing at this level the whole person moves forward not just their presenting symptoms.
The Five Elements are connected and interconnected, each one depending on the others to fulfil their part. By finding out which one of the Five Elements first went out of balance and primarily treating that element it is believed that the whole person will heal and move forward. The Classical 5 Element style of acupuncture was brought back from the east in the 1950s by Englishman – Professor J.R. Worsley. Professor Worsley died in 2003 and is survived by his wife J.B. Worsley, son and daughter who continue to teach this wonderful form of acupuncture. Through the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 1950s Mao Tse Tung wanted to modernise Chinese society and thought. Through this period the Chinese started to concentrate mainly on physical symptoms and what is known as external causes of disease.