Acupuncture Theory
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Acupuncture theory is the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, which includes a whole range of concepts that are very different to those of Western medicine.

Although different, many of them are easier to understand than those of Western medicine. They also explain many conditions in terms of energy - which is a problem because until you have it explained to you, saying something is a a problem of 'energy' means nothing.

So this site aims to explain Chinese medicine and its concepts in English. But there are certain basic concepts that come up again and again and I have a page on most of them. Some of them you may have heard of ...

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Otherwise, read on: you can still ask a question later if you wish, (and you don't have to identify yourself).

Acupuncture Theory has many parts...

And we've hardly started, because there are many other less well-known theories and systems of treatment with acupuncture that are very effective.

Like the blind men describing the elephant from what they felt, (the trunk, the legs, the tail, the ears, the belly - all feeling quite different) none of these is a full description. The different theories fit together and complement one another. Underlying them may well be another more comprehensive theory or pattern, which nobody has yet noticed, even after some 4000 years.

Western Science describes traditional Chinese medicine theory as a pseudoscience, which is probably true if only because nobody has had the time or energy to prove otherwise.

Pseudoscience or not, it's been in continuous use and evolution for millennia, which is rather more than can be said of Western Science - hardly 250 years old.

What's more, Chinese medicine quickly embraced Western science and Western medicine and its medications as another useful tool in the armoury for Chinese physicians. Western understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and so on were incorporated with ease.

Not so the approach of Western medicine and science which remains extremely sceptical and unwilling or unable to absorb or recognise what Chinese medicine can offer.

All these ancient concepts will no doubt be explained in scientific terms one day but when they are, they'll be newly discovered and someone will get a Nobel prize. Meantime, what we have is perhaps just an inexact shorthand for it all.

Anyhow, homily done. If you are a patient, your acupuncturist will choose which acupuncture theory is appropriate for you.

This choice helps him decide which acupuncture points to use and how to interpret the result.

Sometimes acupuncturists base their treatments for all their patients around one particular system or school of thought.

They become experts in that particular way of diagnosing and treating their patients. They don't mind the occasional situation where that particular system is inappropriate.

Sometimes acupuncture points are chosen that embrace a number of different theories together or do a number of things at once. The art of choosing and combining acupuncture points is a huge and important subject: many books have been written about it.

Each acupuncture theory is discussed on a separate page. Click on the following links for examples:

But please don't be tempted to treat yourself. Go to someone qualified! Even acupuncturists normally go to other acupuncturists for treatment - Why?

Because you can't easily be objective about yourself!

Underlying acupuncture theory is the theory of Qi, in excess, deficiency, moving the wrong way in disease and the right way when promoting health. It explains why we get ill.

All of us, from time to time, get Qi Stagnation - when life just will not move properly and smoothly, making us anxious, tense, worried, fearful, angry, frustrated, tired, fed-up and emotional.

In due course, if this continues, we get physical symptoms - disease.

Either find out more about this at Qi Stagnation OR, because that page barely touches on the subject and eventually I wrote a book on it, see below.

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Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion

Yang Deficiency - Get Your Fire Burning Again!

Yuck! Phlegm! How to Clear Your Phlegm ...

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine

Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine! See Reviews.

Seven Reviews so far for Yuck Phlegm. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)

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