Acupuncture Benefits? Why not just take the medication from your doctor? Why bother seeing an acupuncturist and get pins stuck in you? What can pins do that drugs can't?
Here's why. See the image above, the Yin/Yang symbol? It shows balance: the white part is as big as the black part. The white dot is the same size as the black dot. They are exactly equal and opposite. And as one ends, the other begins, so they turn into each other, balance each other, oppose each other and depend on each other.
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Everything in Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory comes down to the balance, in your body, between Yin and Yang.
If Yang is too big, (compared to Yin) you'll have too much heat, or movement, or noise, or smell or colour.
If Yin prevails, you'll be too slow, too soft, too dependent, too cold, too pale, and you'll probably feel weak.
Once your condition has been diagnosed properly in terms of Chinese medicine, acupuncture needles carefully placed in appropriate points will gently lead the excess Yin or Yang away and bring you to balance.
Then your acupuncturist will want to strengthen you so you're less likely to get ill or stressed again - and again.
So acupuncture wellness comes from
Qi, it is believed in Chinese medicine, is the basic stuff of the universe from which everything is made. It goes even further than Einstein's expression (Energy = Mass x the Speed of Light Squared).
To be understood, Qi is divided into two, and balancing your Yin and Yang is the point of acupuncture, as mentioned. If your body can be encouraged to develop the resources to maintain your Yin and Yang energies within acceptable limits, then your life should proceed more smoothly than otherwise.
Why? Because, for instance, when you get hot, from inclement weather, exertion or other circumstances, your body will have the ability to cool your down. Conversely, if you are too cold, it will be able to warm you.
It will also have the ability to maintain your life when you meet disease and to mend you when you are wounded.
More importantly, it will enable you to laugh and to love, to enjoy life and being loved, to sing, dance and work agreeably. Also, of course to move as you would wish, to exercise, to do sports, to explore. And mentally it will keep you sharp.
Eventually it will allow you to die gracefully, remembered with fondness and gratitude by those who knew you or benefited from your life. Then the bit of the Universe's Qi that was you will transform into the next phase of the dance, enriched by what you did.
Until then and in the meantime, perhaps you'll be able to enjoy how acupuncture benefits Still Life! This picture is by Jeanette Lassen, who was an admired Scottish colourist.
To read more about benefits of acupuncture, do please read our page on acupuncture effectiveness.
Perhaps you will also be able to enjoy a gentle Habanera to give you true Acupuncture Wellness!
The Habanera on the left is not the famous one from Carmen by Bizet; this one is by Emmanuel Chabrier. Click on the link to hear it. I couldn't find an acceptable piano version to make available. (Playing it
well isn't easy, I've found, no matter how much acupuncture I get!)
The piece was originally written in
1885 and then adapted by Chabrier for the orchestra: listen carefully
and enjoy the rich sounds he orchestrated. Also, of course, it's a
wonderfully memorable melody.
With good smooth-flowing Qi, you won't feel stressed or, to be more precise, you will be able to enjoy your stressful moments and use the energy your stressful symptoms provide to work through problems.
In fact, my book on Qi Stagnation, see below, shows how stress can be used positively in life, helping you to see where your life has been stagnating and so what may be the best actions to take to resolve your problem.
The theory of Chinese medicine, and one of the great acupuncture benefits, as explained in the book, shows how at various stages of any process, whether it be during your work, in a new venture, in a learned technique, even at a charity celebration, and certainly in your life, there are energies at work.
Understand those forces and the forces behind them and your life may become clearer.
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It may or may not have much to do with acupuncture but it will sometimes be a bargain!
See on the right! Yet another one of acupuncture benefits!
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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