Acupuncture is an ancient therapy involving the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the body of a patient. These needles are inserted into specific points along the length of the body’s energetic meridians where they induce therapeutic effects ranging from the alleviation of pain through to the rebalancing of a person’s psychological state. An Acupuncturist will take a person through a thorough and holistic diagnostic process before insertion of needles in order to ensure that the correct meridians and points are being stimulated.
There are many different styles of Acupuncture treatment though few non-acupuncturists seem familiar with this fact. Each of these styles was developed in order to achieve a certain aim and in many cases these styles varied because of the particular classical texts that particular method treated as canon. Chinese Acupuncture is mainly divided up into the systems of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style and CCM (Classical Chinese Medicine) style Acupuncture whilst as well as this there are unique systems which were developed in Japan, Korea and even the West. Each system of Acupuncture has it’s own set of underlying principles and ways of working.
Within the Xiantian College of Chinese Medicine we teach the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style of Acupuncture as well as many of the older theories and methods of practice that we place under the heading of ACM (Ancient Chinese Medicine) for ease of clarification. The two styles are taught alongside each other on our Diploma courses as they provide students with a rounded approach to treatment based in conventional theories of working with the body’s Qi (氣) as well as more esoteric practices aimed at cultivating a person’s Shen (spirit) (神), Xing (nature)(性) and Ming (destiny) (命).
One of the biggest skills in the study of Acupuncture is the study of learning how to connect with the needle itself. A poor level therapist will simply insert a needle into the patients body with little consideration for how it is used. The more skilled therapist learns how to stop seeing their needles as objects and instead treat them as extensions of their own intention. It is when this has been achieved that the strongest results are to be had. This kind of work with needles is of prime consideration for us within this school.
In the near future we will have extra information on our style of acupuncture practiced and taught within the Xiantian college. Stay tuned!