Exploring The Different Kinds Of Acupuncture Therapy

Monday, March 5th, 2018
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The history of acupuncture started in China, but this therapy is used all over the world, including in Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Europe, and the United States of America. Over centuries, various styles and practices evolved based on differences of opinion in theory and technique. Basic theory and principles have remained constant, but different styles vary widely in diagnosis and practice. So far, there is no evidence of one style being more effective than another.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture

In the United States, the most common form of acupuncture studied and practiced is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM.) Regardless of the condition being treated, the focus of this style is to bring balance to the body. If you are balanced, then you will function better mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Japanese style

This therapy is also called classical acupuncture. It focuses on applying the laws of the Five Element Theory. This style is more subtle and uses fewer and thinner needles than TCM. However, this results in less stimulation.

Korean style

Korean acupuncture shares the same classical approach as that used in Japanese style. One difference between these two types of acupuncture is that those who practice Korean style use more needles. It is common to have nearly 100 needles used in one session.

Korean hand style acupuncture

With this variance of Korean acupuncture, only your hand is used to treat your entire body. It is considered a microcosm category. Points in your hand correspond to different disharmonies in the body and different body parts.

Auricular acupuncture

Similar to Korean hand style, this style focuses only on one body part to treat the whole body and its ailments. It focuses on the ear, which is also a microcosm category in acupuncture. There are different points in the ear used for the treatment of different health complaints. Pain control and alcohol, drug, and nicotine addictions are commonly treated through the auricular style.

Medical style acupuncture

If a licensed “western” doctor practices acupuncture, it is called medical style. The main goal of this type of therapy is to stop or manage pain. Certain points, which are based on acupuncture practice, are selected to produce pain blocking through neurological responses. Electric stimulation may be added to the needles to create a greater nerve block.

Acupuncture practiced in a veterinary setting

A recognized and respected field of medicine, veterinary acupuncture is practiced only with certification and formal training. In most provinces, countries, and states, this style is considered a surgical procedure. Legally, it must be performed only by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine. Chinese medicine and acupuncture are art forms and a science that takes years for a practitioner to master. For proper results, only choose a veterinary acupuncturist who has experience with treating your animal for its specific ailment.

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