Acupuncture: What is the point?

 

When first deciding to embark on my studies as a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and acupuncture student, I was naïve as to the journey I was embarking on at first. It’s had a huge affect on me. Firstly, I had little knowledge on the conditions that it could address or who it was for. Simply, it is for everybody. 

What I have learnt?

Is, TCM has many branches or ways it can treat the person and is a complete form of medicine in itself. Treatment can be approached using acupuncture, herbs, diet, exercise, Tui Na (therapeutic massage), cupping and moxibustion. Why….? to address many conditions and is tailored to the needs of the individual. This does not mean we exclude Biomedicine at all and but actually use TCM as a support to enhance and move toward improved health outcomes.  

Is it a holistic form of treatment?

I look at all aspects of the person. One is treated according to their Chinese medicine diagnosis, which your biomedical signs and symptoms are included to create a clear picture that gives us your individual diagnosis. A group of people can all have the same biomedical ailment such as a headache, however each person would have a different TCM diagnosis and treatment approach would be completely individual. This is one of the reasons why science and Biomedicine have a hard time understanding and agreeing on the efficacy of TCM. 

Dysfunction in the body is corrected through managing appropriately the relationship known  as Yin and Yang (Maciocia, 2015). This is done via the various approaches mentioned above. In particular, acupuncture uses the points and pathways of the channels to access the circuitry of the body. Acupuncture from a biomedical perspective utilises the puncture wound of the needle to highlight areas of dysfunction in the body and leads to a healing response altering neural connectivity of specific regions in the brain (Beissner, Preibisch, & Meissner, 2018).

So what’s Unique?

Acupuncture is one facet of TCM and is increasing beneficial as an alternative to treating illnesses where numerous comorbidities are present and there is potential of pharmacological interactions of differing drug therapies. 

By working with a person in their current state of health, we look to support the aspects of self that need support. And create ease where there is restriction. By doing so, we allow the body the space it needs to create healing. Over time the signs and symptoms of disease should reduce. The individual will feel more in harmony with their life. 

 

Reference:

Beissner, F., Preibisch, C., Schweizer-Arau, A., Popovici, R. M., & Meissner, K. (2018). psychotherapy with somatosensory stimulation for endometriosis-associated pain: The role of the anterior hippocampus. Biological Psychiatry, 84(10), 734–742. https://doi-org.ezproxy.endeavour.edu.au/10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.01.006 

Maciocia, G. (2015). The foundations of Chinese medicine: A comprehensive text. (3rd ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. 

 

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