"To wait for illness to develop; Before remedying it
These points are in very specific locations and lie on channels of energy. Here in the west, acupuncture has often been misleadingly publicised as only being helpful for specific conditions, such as the relief of pain. In fact, it is extremely effective in a wide variety of conditions through its power to stimulate the mind and body's own healing response.
It is considered that the "main complaint is simply something that the patient is complaining about"; the skill of the acupuncturist is to look at the entire being and treat the whole. Instead of asking "What kind of symptoms does this person have?" The traditional acupuncturist asks, "What kind of person has these symptoms, and why?".
Acupuncture aims to correct imbalances and bring the body, mind and emotions back to harmony, just as conventional medicine also aims to bring the body back to a state of healthy homeostasis. Diagnosis and treatment within Chinese Medicine is a highly skilled art, as each of the imbalances usually represents a very complex pattern of overlapping and inter-related disharmonies.
I practice an integrated style of acupuncture, using a combination of the Five Elements, Six Divisions, Eight Guiding Principles and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) approaches.
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