3 Benefits of Japanese Acupuncture

(30th July 2013) Acupuncture is a procedure that involves needle penetration into the skin to stimulate central points on the body. This type of traditional medicine was believed to have originated in ancient China. Later on, it spread to Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan. The classic form of acupuncture composes of traditional Chinese medicine, one of the oldest healing methods in the world. Acupuncture is done by stimulating specific acupuncture points to correct the imbalances in the flow of the qi through the meridians. It is widely practiced in various countries and has many variations. It was even endorsed by the US National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the National Health Service of the United Kingdom. With the many variations of the Chinese acupuncture, each country found different ways of doing the healing method but the aim is the same. Japanese acupuncture emphasizes on palpation, uses touch to diagnose problems, and practices simple theoretical models to achieve positive and effective … Read more…

The Art in ‘the Art of Acupuncture’

(NAJOM Vol 18 No 53, Nov 2011) Personally I find it quite interesting to consider what it meant by the phrase the ‘art of acupuncture’ or the ‘art of medicine’. Is it at all possible for there to be an art to medicine or even is it morally right that there should be an ‘art’ for if this were to be true, that an art form (albeit a medical one) can affect the health of an individual then the logical implication is that we, as people, are canvasses of sorts even that life itself is an art form. Life likened to art, certainly there is an art to living well but how can the application of an art, techniques performed by an outside party, affect another’s living, breathing, physical form. This kind of thinking is a long way from traditional western scientific thought, but should be explored for its own sake. Thus I inquire, what is it that is meant by the phrase the ‘Art of Acupuncture’ and … Read more…

A Modern Master/Disciple

(NAJOM Vol 18 No. 52 july 2011) I think it remarkable that after 8 years now, I still feel like a novice when I compare myself to those significant few that I have had the privilege to study under, learn from and refer to as Sensei. Also I’m quite sure that that feeling will never leave me, in another 8 years I expect to feel just the same, a humbling thought. The expanse (measured conceivably in time and skill) that exists between master and apprentice will always remain constant. Interestingly the years that separate them also brings them together, like polar opposites, one sitting in a wealth of experience, eager to pass it on. It’s opposite, the ‘initiate’, a wealth of potential, in need of guidance. It is a unique relationship. The nature of this special connection between the master and their apprentice has been a continuum dating back to medicines earliest beginnings like an unofficial lineage or ancestry. The cycle of master to student, endlessly repeated. Perhaps … Read more…

QI MOVES BLOOD, it really does.

(NAJOM, Vol 17, no 50, pp22) To start let me first say that I believe Acupuncture to be truly ‘occult’ in its nature. That is the more you delve into its knowledge the more of said same knowledge is revealed as you are ready to accept it. So with that in mind and after 8 years of practice, I’m finally ready to accept the truism, ‘Qi Moves Blood’. It happened that recently I had an interesting experience with a client that expanded my understanding that ‘Qi moves blood’. I realize that we all know this saying but it really struck home for me when I was treating this particular patient. If you will indulge me I’ll set the situation up. I had been treating client X (male, 58yrs) for a Kid/Liv Def Syndrome. Symptoms strongly resembled the syndrome known as Running Piglet Qi, complete with the tell tale palpitations starting in the middle heater then rising to the chest. I had been treating him for several months with … Read more…