The Chinese use the word Qi (pronounced “chee”) to describe the energy that flows through our body. This word may seem strange or weird to many of us, as it would if I said “mihao” or “hello” to you in Chinese. This is simply their explanation for “bios” or bio-elecrtical energy. The electrical energy used for your heart to beat, your muscle to flex , and the synopsis in your brain to “fire”. Using surgical grade stainless steel needles, acupuncture is directing energy from “a” to “b”, “b” to “c”, and eventually to get the energy to flow smoothly form a-z. Starting to make sense? Good. Now visualize the body as a christmas tree, with 12 main strings of lights, which the Chinese have described as “Meridians”. The bio-electrical energy, or Qi, flows through these meridians like water flowing through a river. The acupuncture points act like the light bulbs on the string of lights, allowing the acupuncture practitioner to access the energy at various points, with specific functions found through thousands of years of practice and recording results. This is done to help the brain and body communicate and facilitate healing. Kind of like plugging the car in at the mechanics to get a diagnostic report and understand the root cause of the problem that is creating the undesirable symptoms.
So, when a person comes into my office and begins to describe there symptoms, I am already formulating a point prescription for the “light bulbs” or acupuncture points where energy is not flowing properly. Second, I begin to ask questions which further refine the points to be used to facilitate healing. Then, I feel the pulse at six different locations on the wrist to get an understanding of the bio-electrical energy flow through the meridians. Next, I look at the tongue to get an understanding of the environment within the body and organ systems. Finally, I may palpate (touch or press) on the affected area to get an even greater understanding of the problem within the body. All of these techniques are used to get an understanding not only of the symptoms, but also the root cause of the disharmony within the body which has allowed these symptoms to express themselves. Now we have to change the condition within the body that allowed this to take place. Creating an environment within yourself for the mind, body, and spirit to balance, heal, and strengthen. These diagnostic techniques have been refined over thousands of years of practicing this modality and recording results and patient feedback. If all persons in the medical field are “practicing” medicine, and “practice makes perfect”, then this style of medicine has stood the test of time and is closer to perfecting its technique more than any other!