Over the last 23 centuries Chinese Medicine has enhanced the lives of millions of people. This ever expanding medicine affects our consciousness by approaching our being through the harmonization of mind, body, and spirit.
At the root of Chinese medical theory lies the understanding of the two polar opposites of Yin and Yang: Night and Day, up and down, hot and cold, inside and outside (and the billions of elements within contrast).It is the harmonization of these two polarities that over see our human experience and allows us to flow with the ease that we were meant to when we were born on this plane.
There are Five Branches of Chinese Medicine which form a complete system to help us to live joyfully. These are:
Therapeutic Massage or Touch (this can include a number of energetic healing techniques such as Reiki. Shiatsu, Tui Na etc.
Diet and Nutrition
Qi Kung exercises (the manipulation of the physical structure through energy aligning exercises)...this can include the inner work of focussed intention re. mental, emotional applications affecting the modalities relating to kinesthetic, visual, auditory, fields.
Acupuncture itself is the most well known of the Five Branches. This skill involves the use of sterile disposable needles which are inserted into points along areas of the body which are called channels or meridians where Qi flows. By skillful means an acupuncturist can help their client contact and balance disrupted energy.
Chinese Medicine not only works toward restoring misaligned energy but supports the stability and enhancement of that which is already healthy. This is referred to as Fu Zheng application.
A very simple way of looking at acupuncture is :This modality helps the receiver tune in and connect with their inner self. When this connection happens endorphins are released. throughout the body. This release allows the patient to "deeply relax" and thus let go of blockages in their system. In my experience as a practitioner i have observed that the more skilled the patient is in relaxing the deeper they can go and the more easily they can let go of their blockage (ie.pain).
This doesn't mean that a novice patient can't heal quickly because acupuncture facilitates deep- relaxation in the receiver whether one is conscious of their part or not. However when one is skilled in Qi Kung or Yoga or other aspects of personal presence the process can move very quickly.