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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.

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  • Traditional Acupuncture based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) could mean

  • more gentle and very shallow acupuncture commonly used by those trained in most of Britain's schools, or

  • more powerful acupuncture using deeper needling as universally performed in present day China and taught at the BODYHARMONICS centre.
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Five Element Acupuncture as well as 'Stems & Branches' Acupuncture

Integrated Acupuncture
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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.

British Medical Acupuncture
Microsystems Acupuncture is complementary to traditional acupuncture. It comprises the following :

Master Tung’s and Dr Tan's acupuncture systems

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