Acupuncture F.A.Q.

By Milos

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the main tool of Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM). It is used to treat health on Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual and Sexual level – in other words, it can address any and improve all health issues.

How does Acupuncture work?

Ancient Chinese observed that all of our body functions, talents, abilities, senses, emotions and even feelings can be traced to one of the 12 Organs in our body. When we are healthy, it is because all 12 Organs receive the energy they need to work well. According to TCM, disease happens when one or more of the Organs stop performing well as they don’t receive the energy they need. Acupuncture works by sending more energy to the Organs that are deficient.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Instead of trying “to fix things”, Ancient Chinese recognized our body’s amazing ability to heal itself. This is the ultimate difference between Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine: in the East, they assumed that humans will never be able to repair the body as well as the body can repair itself. After all, it is the body that build all of its Organs, tissues and systems, it is the body that repairs itself constantly, produces energy needed to keep going, replaces old cells, defeats invaders of any kind, etc.

By learning how to stimulate body’s ability to heal and repair, Ancient Chinese discovered and perfected medicine that can address any and all health problems on physical, emotional or even spiritual level.

How long do the benefits last?

Usually, there is a noticeable relief after each session with gradual return of the symptom.  After each session, the amount of time the treatment “holds” becomes longer and longer until the symptom does not come back. Once the symptom is gone for a few weeks and there is Ease in the body, the results are usually permanent.

How often should I have Acupuncture?

According to TCM, in our body, there is “either Ease or a Disease”. The feeling of Ease is the consequence of a good flow of energy (Chi) that circulates the body, feeding Organs as well as tissues, muscles and bones. In the beginning, it is recommended to have sessions every 4 to 5 days or not less then once a week. After the symptoms start to fade the sessions can be spaced to once every 10 days or 2 weeks. When balance is restored, an occasional treatment (once a month or even once every 6 months) will help keep the body in good shape but it is not required.

How many treatments do I need?

It depends on your condition, age, how long have you had it and how is your lifestyle. Genetics can also play a part but to a much lesser degree then is commonly thought. Some problems like migraines or digestive issues can be resolved in one of just several sessions. Most problems require between 5 and 15 sessions with long term, chronic conditions taking longer.

What is TCM?

TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is a collection of tools and methods for improving and maintaining human health. It includes Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine, Chi Gong and Tai Chi exercising arts and Tui Na method of massage for healing.

What is “Five Elements”?

The Law of  Five Elements is one of the fundamental laws of TCM and of Chinese Philosophy as well. It states that: “All energy in the Universe moves in five phases: birth and growth, maturation, peak, decline and death”.  Ancient Chinese called these “phases”: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water and observed that they also match Organs, emotions, tendencies, talents in humans. According to the FIve Element theory, Chi moves through the body in the following order: from Heart to Small Intestine, Bladder, Kidney, Gall Bladder, Liver, Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen and then back to Heart. The Five Element law allows us to understand the energy flow and complex relationships between the Organs.  It allows one to see the body as a unit instead of a bunch of independent parts. According to Ancient Chinese: everything is everything, always connected and inseparable.

Why don’t we know more about Acupuncture?

(See above) Our whole educational system is based exclusively on (western) scientific methods and topics. Eastern Medicine does not follow the process or structure of Western Science. Therefore, we don’t get any exposure in our educational system until we decide to commit to PHD level programs in Eastern Medicine. Despite lack of information, Eastern Medicine is seeing an explosion in popularity in the West. And that alone should make skeptics wonder.

“This is all nonsense!”

We are so depended on our scientific way of thinking that anything that doesn’t match established views sounds like blasphemy. But that is how we first reacted to the idea that Earth is not flat, that we are not the center of the Universe or that “all humans are created equal”. Being closed minded never made anyone right.

Chinese Medicine proposes that there is a flow of energy that moves through our bodies healing and repairing tissues, feeding the Organs with necessary “juice”. This is not far fetched at all. If anything, isn’t it curious that all of our Organs move while performing their duties but we believe that only our Heart has an electric node giving it impulse to beat? No one seems to ask what makes Stomach or Large Intestine move. No one but Ancient Chinese who said 3000 years ago that “everything is energy”.

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