Usually people think of acupuncture treatment as a form of treatment with needles. But in fact there is another procedure that complements this type of treatment also, which is known as moxibustion. This procedure uses burning moxa (made of a certain kind of grass leaves, into a solid cone) on selected acupuncture points in order to treat diseases. This procedure is different from the needle treatment as it also generates heat, which gets pumped into the body by the burning moxa. The moxa treatment is highly effective for people who experience certain kinds of cold symptoms, because of the heat that is generated. A downside of this procedure if you do not handle it well is that the patient can get burnt, and have scar on the skin after the treatment. Due to fire regulation in many facilities, practitioners tend to avoid this procedure in their practice.
Answer to the question from my last post -- the acupuncture procedure only temporarily block the flow, often in a distal position away from the site with health condition, and most importantly it does not actually block the energy flow, although it does impede flow of blood in a sense, it in fact stimulates energy flow as in essence the treatment interact not with the material body, but with the "energy body". The difference in view in this issue, on how does acupuncture work, is one of the ways to distinguish true, original Chinese medicine from its hybrid counterpart, as the latter talks about blood flow and interaction with different parts of the physical body, instead of speaking in terms of energy flow and how to manipulate the needle in order to restore the healthy flow of energy in the body.
The art and science of acupuncture is to use a needle(s) to manipulate the flow of energy in the body to achieve the objective of improving one’s health. This is different from conventional medicine, in that it does not use any medication, neither internal nor external.
There are many different energy channels in the human body, historically, going by the books there are 14 channels that cover all parts of the body, these are known as the “conventional” channels. The acupuncture points that line these routes (much like bus or subway stops in our transit system) are known as “regular” points. There are in addition 8 “rare” or “extra” routes that connect these regular channels. Further there are the “extra” points that are not located on any known energy routes in the body. Sometimes these “extra” points have fantastic curative effects.
In the view of Chinese medicine, a person is sick because some energy channels are blocked, much like a river is not flowing properly because there are stuff in it that prevents the water from flowing freely. With needle manipulation, an acupuncturist is able to unblock the flow of energy in the body, and when that energy flows freely as it should, the person regains his/her health. That is how it works.
Now there is a question though, some may think, would you not cause additional blockage when you place a needle in the energy flow? Would you not make people sicker by doing that? Share with me your thoughts on this, and I will explain to you why it does not work the other way around, in my next blog post.
The practice of Chinese Medicine has a history of over 5, 000 years. Unfortunately, due to the destruction of traditional culture in mainland China, essentially all of the expertise accumulated in the field got wiped out, along with people that inherited them. The end result of this destruction is that the real, pure, original form of Chinese medicine is now close to distinction. The current day services labelled as Chinese medicine is mostly a hybrid with Western medicine, and most of them take the form of implementing Western thoughts with Chinese devices or tools. It should be noted that the healing or curative effects associated with Chinese medicine is associated with the original form, not this new hybrid type, that is why the effects of treatment is not comparable to what it was in the past. In modern language, the original form of Chinese medicine has a documented clinical trial period spanning several thousand years and has been proven to be highly effective. However there is a huge disconnect between what is being practiced today with what it was in the past, thus past achievements in the medical field in ancient China cannot be reproduced. This is not surprising. In a sense, people are given "north American Chinese food", not the original kind, that is why people do not get to enjoy the many benefits that comes with genuine Chinese culture.
Mark Ma is the principal at Acupuncture One, which is a clinic dedicated to practicing pure, original Chinese medicine. Mark inherited the knowledge and skills directly from Grand Masters in the field. This rare heritage enables Mark to provide exceptional services to clients.