Acupuncture is a therapy that works on the level of the body’s energy. The body can be compared to a computer. The physical body would be the hardware. Acupuncture deals with the software. There are many different paradigms of acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine, 5-Element Acupuncture, Korean Hand Acupuncture, Scalp Acupuncture, French Energetics, etc.). The general premise is that moving energy frees up the body to work better. Considering the description of Transformational Medicine, in skilled hands, acupuncture can help people make the connection of how physical conditions have manifested, from emotions that they were feeling. Sometimes however, it can take the form of “here I am, fix me,” which can clearly be beneficial at times.
I am board certified in Medical Acupuncture (DABMA=Diplomate of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture). Yes, this a recognized board specialty, like pediatrics or general surgery. (Board certified in 2003, board renewal in 2016) I am trained in multiple paradigms and favor French Energetics. This acupuncture paradigm meshes nicely with western physiology and leaves room to incorporate information from the other paradigms for point selection, etc.
I employ the knowledge of acupuncture physiology daily, especially when doing structural work. I less frequently use needles, because I find other techniques seem to have a deeper benefit.
For more information, see the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture website, www.medicalacupuncture.org