Q. Why do you describe Acupuncture as being an holistic treatment please?
A. In Traditional Acupuncture or Tui Na theory, at what level the client is troubled, is an important one i.e. their mind, body or spirit. In a perfect world, this can be quite simple. If they present a recent physical injury from a fall, then the level is the body. If the body is fine but the client cannot sleep or concentrate, then it appears that the disharmony is at the level of the mind. If the mind and body seem fine but the client is struggling with feelings of sadness/anger/fearfulness etc., then the disharmony is often at the level of the spirit. This is an important distinction is planning treatments.
It is not always, or even rarely, that clear cut. fall could result from the client being so tired through lack of sleep that they lost concentration and fell over. So while the injuries need attention, on what level does the client most need assistance to help prevent a recurrence? If the sleeplessness is because the client is worrying a lot, and maybe not even really know what about, here is another level to explore.
“It is more important to know what kind of person has a disease than to know what kind of disease a person has.” Hippocrates
Another structure for identifying someone’s needs is Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture. This considers who is this person and what is happening to them in terms of the dynamics of the Five Elements. It then aims to treat the Channels and Chinese Medicine Organs pertaining to the distressed Element, to elicit change and rebalance, for the body, mind or spirit.
For peace of mind, please use properly qualified practitioners, who are members of a professional body, for example, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).