Acupuncture and Me #2

Part Two: Developing my own approach.

As a result of my very unsatisfactory experience at this college, I devised my own approach to acupuncture. I had been frustrated by all the details that seemed to have no organisation. So after one of the outrageous classes I went home and said to myself, “There’s got to be a better way! So what’s acupuncture about?” The answer that came to me was: the channels the fluids and what gets in the way of their working. But what did this mean as far as choosing points and putting in the pins mean? It meant a different approach to choosing points. My approach would be to find what the points were used for and to choose them on this basis.

This meant setting aside many philosophical approaches and most of the currently accepted ways of choosing the points. It was replacing these philosophical approaches with one based on clinical experience. So how could I know I wasn’t just being crazy? I decided to check the major existing texts. I went through the texts noting every acupuncture point they used and what it was used for. I found that they mostly agreed with each other. They all used the same points for the same things. I also found that not even the most extensive texts used anything like all the points. Even, of the points that were used, there were some points that were used very much more often and some This is a huge simplification and meant that if you chose the points on this basis that you would be choosing effective points. I was extremely pleased with this result. My approach checked out with the existing reference books. This had all taken weeks of very intense work and I was quite tired.

From this I wrote up my own approach to acupuncture. It forms the basis of this blog. I was so excited that I had found a quicker and simpler way to teach acupuncture! It was, needless to say, resolutely ignored by almost everyone. Why would colleges want a shorter course? It would mean less money for them. And the associations were pushing for higher qualifications that would take more time to do. No one wanted to know. I find this situation scandalous. (I’m not questioningindividual’s intentions; but this does mean that acupuncture is made less accessible; at the time when we desperately need ways to respond to the crisis in health funding). This situation, once again I emphasise the situation not the individuals, is ethically unacceptable. My response is to make the learning of acupuncture as widely available as possible, as cheaply as possible. That is what this blog is.

To get from what I had written to this blog took a few years. Partly because I was waiting to have illustration done to accompany the text. Partly too because I lacked confidence. And because there wasn’t a way to get this information out widely to lots of people without spending lots of money (I am fairly poor). Since then blogs have come along as a way to get information out to lots of people quite cheaply. I now have a friend doing illustrations for the text and, I have got frustrated enough and angry enough to just do it and see what happens.

This is my story. This blog is an experiment in taking acupuncture to the world. I think we need an acupuncturist in every street – who is at least good enough to treat every day sort of things and who knows to refer for more difficult stuff. And acupuncture can be quick and easy to learn. I invite you to join in the adventure.

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