Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture has been a part of Chinese society for thousands of years. Whilst the frequency and practical application varies slightly the theoretical underpinnings and diagnostic approach remain the same. There are different approaches to identify the pathological patterns of each patient.
Channels and Meridians
The Meridian concept is central to Chinese medical treatment techniques. A disharmony in one of the 14 channels can lead to a disrupted flow of Qi/energy in the body. Each of these channels relates back to a specific organ which is where the treatment focus must begin. As with western medicine this treatment protocol includes treating the cause as well as the symptoms of the patient. Effective acu-point prescriptions will alleviate disharmony and stagnation of Qi to help reduce the associated symptoms.
Zangfu Organ Interaction
Zangfu theory describes the how our essential organs interact with each other. In Chinese medicine the function of each organ varies according to whether they are Yin or Yang. There are 12 ZangFu and each is related to its opposing counterpart and assists in its function and ability to regulate the body. The ZangFu are closely related to 5 element theory and its ability to balance every aspect of live for the holistic well being of the individual.
Five Element Acupuncture
5 element acupuncture determines the treatment plan of each individual through analysis of 5 basic elements of life and how it connects with the rest of the world and daily living. In theory, human beings function at an optimal level if their lives are in a state of balance. This is where we can introduce the wel- known concept of Yin and Yang.
Yin and Yang
Is a theory which is perhaps more familiar as the symbol. The concept behind Taijitu is that everything is interconnected and regardless of what appears to be contradictory forces all things have and ebb and flow that give rise to each other in turn. They can be described as complementary opposites that exist as part of a greater whole.
Examples of Yin and Yang are night and day, light and dark, male and female, left and right, cold and hot, dry and wet. The extent of yin and yang can be difficult to grasp but it is important to think of this theory in terms or relativity.
A person cannot experience absolute happiness without having experienced sadness, wealth without poverty or a feeling of optimum health without feeling a sense of illness.
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