Acupuncture Styles - Traditional Chinese, Western or Five Elements?
When choosing an acupuncture course in the UK it is important to be aware of the significant differences that exist between these distinct acupuncture styles, underlying philosophies, depth of needling and the health conditions that they are able to treat. Without such knowledge, you will be unable to make an enlightened choice when choosing acupuncture training courses.
A very small proportion of the British population know that there are different styles of acupuncture. The assumption is that acupuncture is "acupuncture" from who ever you receive it or wherever the therapist is trained. The public assumes that they will receive essentially the same kind of treatment from any qualified acupuncturist they might choose. This is not true and is misleading. Unfortunately the terms 'Acupuncture', 'Traditional Acupuncture', 'Five Element Acupuncture' and 'Medical Acupuncture' are all used.
Five Element Acupuncture as well as 'Stems &
- Originated in China is taught mainly in the West. Needle insertion is often very shallow & brief.
- Graduates of the BODYHARMONICS centre will have the required skills and understanding to effectively treat all conditions using Traditional Chinese Acupuncture theory as well as having an ability to use the underlying concepts of Five Element philosophy.
- This style combines 'Five Element' with 'Traditional Acupuncture' usually with the emphasis on 'Five Element'.
The word 'acupuncture' gives no clear description of the exact type of acupuncture being offered and is not meaningful for the public in terms of what they can expect.
- The public should be made aware that doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, nurses etc usually do a very short acupuncture training, mostly just 2-6 days.
- They mainly perform trigger point acupuncture for pain relief relating to musculo-skeletal
problems. Most of the medical acupuncture courses do not include any Traditional Chinese Medical theory or diagnosis.
- Auricular acupuncture uses either needles, studs, seeds or metal balls on specific points. The ear functionally and topographically represents the whole body.
- Wrist and Ankle acupuncture based on 12 distal points which energetically link into all the body’s physiological systems.
- Korean Hand acupuncture “Sujok “ treats
in the same way.
- Scalp acupuncture affects the motor, sensory and associative areas of the cerebral cortex.
Master Tung’s and Dr Tan's acupuncture systems
- Needles are inserted into areas which correspond to specific and quite different parts of the body.