Sunday, July 21, 2013

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture & Chi



Acupuncture is a 3,000+ year old traditional Chinese therapy that involves inserting tiny needles into various vital energy points throughout the human body.  Hundreds of these “acupoints” connect to 12 main chi/life energy channels known as “meridians.”  Each meridian is related to and named after a specific organ or function, the main 12 being the lung, colon, stomach, spleen, heart, intestine, triple warmer, pericardium, bladder, gallbladder, kidney and liver meridians.  Through skillful application and combination of acupoint needles, blockages of chi flow are overcome and healthy energy balance is restored to the body.

Many traditions worldwide have perceived the manifestation of consciousness through various levels of energetic frequencies.  Eastern healing techniques continue this holistic tradition, where disease is treated as a blockage or imbalance in the flow of a life-force energy.  Almost all non-Western approaches to medicine speak of a life force, such as the prana of the Indian tradition and the chi of the Chinese tradition.  These forces are said to vivify a biological entity at birth and to withdraw on its death.  The importance of very low-energy electromagnetic fields associated with the body’s energy flows is being recognized and progressively measured.  These energy flows take particular pathways that Eastern medicine has long identified as the meridians.  Just as the arterial system carries blood around our bodies, such meridians are deemed to carry both the subtle and the electromagnetic component of these energies.  Around our bodies and distributed along these meridians are approximately a thousand points that are the nodes for such energies where they may be accessed via the skin.  The Chinese tradition of acupuncture uses extremely fine needles inserted painlessly into the skin at these points to free energy blockages, accelerate wound healing, control pain, and stimulate energy flow in the meridian system.”  -Ervin Laszlo and Jude Currivan, “Cosmos” (120)