What Acupuncturists do and why
People often ask questions during their treatments to understand the concept of our medicine. We say things like “I am balancing your system”. This sounds like a generalized response, but in actuality, it is the EXACTLY what we are doing. In the practice of Chinese medicine, we use Yin Yang theory to understand the way the body is behaving and what we need to do to correct what is out of balance.
Yin Yang theory was developed out of Taoism, which is a philosophy and spiritual practice, from China, about living in balance with nature.
When looking at the Yin Yang symbol, you notice two sides, one black and one white. At first glance, one might see this as representing opposing forces, however, this is the visual representation of the interconnection of all things, including between opposites, demonstrating how the one reliable constant is change. The dark cannot exist without the light. Heat cannot exist without cold and so on. Not only can these ideas not exist without one another, there is no clear distinction between one ending and the other beginning. Chinese medicine applies this concept to the human body, and so, as practitioners, we use Yin Yang theory to examine the state of our patients. Just as yang has the potential to become yin and yin the potential to become yang, it is understood that the potential for health is present in illness and so we restore balance with Acupuncture and adjunct therapies such as cupping, guasha and acupressure, to assist the body back to balance, which brings relief and wellness.
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