Are there different methods?
Yes, diverse styles of acupuncture have evolved based on different interpretations of theory and technique. Classical Acupuncture originated in China 4000 years ago and spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Europe. In the 1950s, Chinese Medicine was standardized by Communist Chinese Government, adopting the name TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). This is the acupuncture that is most commonly practiced is the United States today. Medical Acupuncture is practiced by M.D.s and D.O.s, their training typically does not include Chinese Medical diagnosis. It is necessary to ask what their Acupuncture training is if your are looking to be treated from a Chinese Medicine perspective.
Ear Acupuncture, what's that?
Ear acupuncture, also known as auricular acupuncture, is based on the principles of Chinese medicine. Ear acupuncture is used for addiction treatment, smoking cessation, mood disorders, weight loss, pain, and many other conditions. The acupuncture points found on the ear help regulate the body’s internal organs and functions. Ear acupuncture is generally incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment. In addition to using acupuncture points on the rest of the body, your acupuncturist may select a few ear acupuncture points where they feel will help your particular condition.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine sterile needles into the body at specific points that have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders. Acupuncture is based on 4000 year old ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) through channels or meridians that traverse the body, similar but not identical to the nervous and blood circulatory systems. When the balance of Qi or blood is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or emotional issues, pain or illness results. According to these theories, acupuncture regulates this flow of Qi shunting it to areas where it is deficient and draining it from areas of excess. Acupuncture helps the body to regulate and restore its energetic balance. Essentially, acupuncture promotes the free and balanced flow of Qi and Blood. In Chinese there is a famous dictum “There is no pain if there is free flow, if there is pain, there is no free flow.” Acupuncture can be performed with or without electrical stimulation.
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