In every cell of our body, there is intelligence. In New Thought, we might refer to it as Spirit. In Acupuncture, we call it Qi, in Vedi medicine [Yoga is rooted in this] it’s called breath. Homeopathy refers to it as Life Force.
It’s confusing to think of this energy as Spirit because it’s not it’s an essence of Spirit. It is intelligence that flows through a system acupuncturists call meridians. In Vedic or Middle-East acupuncture [far older than Ayurvedic or Chinese medicine], the Chakras which connect to meridians are also part of the system of creative energy.
These systems have names like Heart or Liver, in fact, all organs have a ‘meridian’ name and there are powerful meridian systems too like triple warmer to describe the 3 parts of the torso [upper/middle/lower]. The Pericardium, which isn’t an organ, is a Meridian too. It is the protective sheath around the heart. All meridians lead to the head/mind and an originate invitro in the Conception and Governing “vessels.” These run up the center of the body or down the back of the body where the spine is respectively.
Energy And The Emotions
Strangely, we have something called ‘race thought’ that also happens with emotions. Humans form a ‘group opinion’ about something and then it’s a common term or belief.
If someone experiences a romantic break up, we say they have a ‘broken heart.’ In Chinese/Vedic medicine, we use acupuncture ‘points’ on the heart or pericardium to treat this emotion.
Physical symptoms develop if the root emotion and mental power are not put back into balance. With a ‘broken heart’ emotionally we’re crying, sad, and unhappy. Mentally the patient may close off love from others, even Divine Love.
Physically if untreated the person experiences heart conditions including HPB.
Because meridians are all connected, other organs are affected. Small intestine and the Heart energy are partnered in Energy Medicine.
Audio Presentation from a recent Workshop With Debra
Meridians Are Energy Pathways
When we suffer from a broken heart or romantic issues in our life not only is our Heart Energy affected so is our Small Intestine. This powerful organ’s ‘energy’ influences the patient’s mental clarity, judgment, and powers of discernment. The ability to distinguish relevant issues with clarity before making a decision is attributed to the Small Intestine energy imbalance.
How much does your love life affect your mental clarity? When people don’t feel loved, they often don’t have good judgment. Look at divorce court or custody battles. Think about a time when a loved one passed on, what was your mental state?
When we see how this happens in the body physically, we might see indigestion or trouble with diarrhea or constipation. We have trouble ‘removing’ the nourishment from our food and then eliminating the –non-useable food material ‘to be clear’.
** If we eat food that isn’t clean, healthy, or contains things like preservatives our body doesn’t know what to do with these food contaminants and they have a reverse effect on the heart energy! It makes it harder to be open to receive love for instance. Our real heart suffers from cardiac disease due to diet.**
Dang! What Can I Do!
There is this exchange that occurs in our body. That appears first mentally, emotionally, and then physically. The key is to be proactive in your life. New Thought, is dynamic in this way of guiding us to release beliefs that hold us back from health.
Then our proactive health awareness is how we eat, what we eat, our idea around fitness and how we actively show up in life. This is fitness, but it’s our mental awareness of fitness for ourselves – not the image on a billboard.
Acupuncture Is A Proactive Medicine. Do It When You Don’t Need It.
Because not all acupuncture is the same, it may seem strange to go when you feel good. I can only speak for myself – Vedic/ME acupuncture is much more Spiritual and New Thought/Belief Based.
We ‘check-in’ with centering first. Then it’s a ‘touch’ thing. I sensing and asking questions to determine imbalances in areas of your emotions and mind thought. If you have pain or a physical problem, we now have the answer to this situation. In this example we decide is related say to ‘Heart’ or “Small Intestine’ Energy for instance.
Because we think of pain = acupuncture I want to touch on this.
Pain = Acupuncture Treatment
Let’s take back pain. Most people will have it once in their life or more. Maybe you were on a long plane flight.
Remember the meridians? Energy flows through all of these and the ones in the lower back where many travelers complain they get pain. These are: Bladder, Governing vessels or meridians, and off to the side and down the hips is Gall Bladder channel or meridian.
If we sit too long like a ‘kinked hose’ energy stagnates in the vessel or meridian. If we’re in good health on all levels, it flows once again effortlessly.
This is why when you’re in an auto accident there is emotional and mental trauma that is delivered with the physical and we can have soft tissue/muscle injury that is difficult to treat. The acupuncturist must also treat the mind and emotions or beliefs too.
The Gall Bladder handles making decisions and judgments, as well as providing courage and initiative. This organ is sometimes called the Court of Justice or The General’s Advisor. Although the Kidneys control drive and vitality, the Gall Bladder provides the capacity to turn this drive and vitality into decisive action. The Gall Bladder has an influence on the quality and length of sleep. If the Gall Bladder is Deficient, the patient will often wake up suddenly, very early in the morning, and be unable to fall asleep again. Patient’s who are timid, indecisive, and easily discouraged by slight adversity, are said to have a weak Gall Bladder; conversely, decisive and determined patients are said to have a strong Gall Bladder.
An imbalance in the Bladder can cause such psychological symptoms as persistent fear, lack of decision-making capability and a diminished moral character. If the imbalance becomes chronic, it results in such emotional responses as jealousy, suspicion, and holding on to long-standing grudges.
Governing Vessel controls all the yang energy. When overactive, a stiff and painful neck or lower back occurs along with muscle spasms. The pain is made worse with movement and is better at rest. When there is a deep pain, the head feels heavy, vertigo occurs, and urinary retention and hemorrhoids occur. This meridian is usually activated along with other meridians.
What is Acupuncture?
It is inserting very tiny pins [not needles] beneath the skin….it’s much more, though…. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. The qi then travels through channels called meridians, according to the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota.
Did It Really Start In China?
Actually, the oldest documents are from 8,500 BCE in India where it was considered a surgical medicine like C-sections! This is 4,000 years before Buddhist monks went to China with their beliefs and medicine.
Therefore, What Is It Really…
It’s balancing the energy – perhaps the beliefs and disbeliefs in the body. Authentic Acupuncture relates to new thought traditions well because if there is a closed mind or disbelief it can ‘block’ the flow of life-force or Qi in the body and stop healing.
Before the ‘meridians’ can balance the mind must open and believe. Like Ernest Holmes said, we can only heal to the level of our belief – this tends to be true in the use of acupuncture.
**A patient believes they are ‘getting’ old and that’s why they have back pain, yet acupuncture relieves 50% of their discomfort. Now they ‘have faith’ in acupuncture and the care lasts longer, and they may experience further healing.
Therefore, it’s about balancing the energy of the body. All energy flows to the mind and the mind affects the flow.
So there is one style of Acupuncture?
Not all acupuncturists are the same either. I started out a homeopath and natural medicine practitioner. Licensing in acupuncture encouraged me to go back to school for four more years after interning in acupuncture with one of the top acupuncturists for several years. His style was a mix of Asian methods he learned in Asia.
In school, I had to study Chinese – the most known and what the national certification and licensing are based on. I also went on to learn Japanese, Korean, and yes Vedic and Egyptian. I am one of a handful doing Vedic and Middle East in the USA. These are not usually taught here and include Chakras, oils, vibration, and guided meditation. These types of treatments are more Spiritual-emotional based.
They too treat pain, women’s health, aging, digestion, and more.
What’d Ya’ Say? Acupuncture Treats More Things Than Just Pain!
Did I hear right acupuncture treats everything! Actually IMHO is not meant for everything. While we can be found on trauma sites like 911 helping with emergency acupuncture and doing CPR we specialize as providers.
For instance, I specialize in women’s health, aging, and pain management. This is a large area of problems. I have two patients right now working on fertility and I am part of their IVF program of care, and I have a few dozen women and a few men with issues related to aging or health. These include hot flashes, low energy, insomnia, digestion, autoimmune and yes pain from things like migraines to arthritis.
We support Western care often during other times we are the proactive care of choice. Like with injury, we may work alongside your medical doctor and PT to help rehab knee pain pre-post surgery. Alternatively, we may be the proactive care of choice to keep arthritis from progressing and ease the pain. The same goes for TMJ or hot flashes!
Colorado is one of the few states left that allow Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and others to do acupuncture treatment or dry needling without having a 4-year degree in this medical specialty.
In Colorado, a PT can take a 24-hour class and then do acupuncture or what they call dry needling. They are only supposed to do 14 points for a very limited type of pain. Many are practicing medicine, i.e., acupuncture without training and treating many other pain problems. **See Attached document about North Carolina for more on this issue nationwide.
My thoughts… Acupuncture and dry needling are deemed the same thing by DORA in Colorado. Because for a friendship between an employee at DORA and a PT they were allowed to add this to their scope of practice in limited fashion. Many states including Colorado have noted that this is not wise fo
r the public. More people are injured by needles being placed in the wrong place or incorrectly.
Perhaps it’s not in the best public interest and Colorado is likely to start paying attention to the fact most states have laws against this to protect the public.
Insurance – Dry Needling – Acupuncture
The Affordable Care Act – Sec. 2706 Non-Discrimination in Health Care – Colorado HB 11-1186 both mean you have acupuncture whether it’s called dry needling or acupuncture. Federal and State law say it’s part of physical medicine. You must ask questions and make sure you see an Authentic Acupuncturist as your health insurance may now list the benefit. Global health plans like Blue Cross or Medicare do not have to follow these laws.
This is the single reason everyone wants to do acupuncture even if they do not have a state license or have taken the national exam.