Introduction to this Blog.

Acupuncture – it’s strengths and weaknesses and what I am doing with this blog.

This blog is about acupuncture.  There are some things I obviously can’t do online – like show you how to put in an acupuncture needle.  So this blog is about the theory of acupuncture.

However the best way to learn anything is to experience it.

So, this blog will guide you to experience what acupuncture theory is about.  This means that you will be doing most of the work.  You can read what is here for interest but the full benefit will only be gained by experiencing what acupuncture is all about.

Acupuncture is important.  Acupuncture can make an important contribution to solving our health funding crisis.  This is because the technology (an acupuncture needle) is very cheap.  A big contributor, if not the major cause, of the health funding crisis is the cost of technology (this includes the pills as well as the machines).  Acupuncture widely used could bring down the cost of health care dramatically.  This is a major concern for all of us.

Acupuncture can’t do everything.

Acupuncture grew up in the context of the village, while western medicine grew up on the battlefield.  So the western genius for medicine to my way of thinking is shown in surgery.  Acupuncture (and the rest of Traditional Chinese Medicine) grew up in the village and so it is especially good at the normal everyday problems, the chronic health problems and the problems of aging.  As it happens these problems (chronic health problems and the problems of aging) are the problems that we in our aging societies are going to have to cope with.

Acupuncture also isn’t the way to maintain your health.  Good food and exercise, maintaining the sense that you can make a difference in your own life and having good friends, are the foundation of good health.  Chinese Medicine also has much wisdom to offer on food and movement (qi gong).  Acupuncture’s value is as a therapy when we get sick.  It sits between everyday health and the kind of emergency medicine that is practiced with brilliance in operating theatres throughout the world.

Acupuncture isn’t community health (yet).

The other great gift of the West to health (apart from surgery) is public health.  Sewerage, immunisation and so forth are what has created the longer lives that we wealthy westerners now enjoy.  Acupuncture is practised byindividuals on individuals, it lacks this community dimension.

An advantage of acupuncture is that the emotions are integrated into it.  (This can happen in western medicine but is quite rare.)  To my way of thinking this needs to be altered slightly: it is my opinion (which most acupuncturists disagree with) that the emotions are seen as a problem in acupuncture theory.

So acupuncture is not surgery and its not public health.  Acupuncture is an individualised treatment that excels at treating the everyday, the chronic and the problems of aging.

To address our health funding crisis with acupuncture will mean many, many people practising it.  My contribution is to put out as much information as possible in public so that others can learn and take it up.  That is the purpose of this blog.

Later, if there is demand I will run some courses that will teach acupuncture quickly and effectively.

If you wish to know about a particular aspect of acupuncture theory please let me know.  If I know something of value I will do a post about it, if not I’ll try and find a useful link for you.

This blog is a series of exercises – they guide you to reflect on your experience in the light of acupuncture theory.  So, this blog is mostly a series of instructions and questions – you will be doing the work.  With the limits of theinternet this is all that is possible and I hope you understand and can bear with these limitations.  I will do my best to give clear instructions and ask useful questions.  If you are willing to put in the complementary effort of self-examination you will achieve a whole new way of viewing your health.

My way of speaking of the different aspects of our lives is: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  This is entirely my own way of speaking.  It does not come in any way from Chinese Medicine.  It is simply the most convenient way I know to pay attention to parts of our experience and not have to talk about everything at once, which can become very complicated (either being very abstract – ‘my self in metal phase’ etc – or very convoluted – ‘when I am angry-blood-flow-increased-focused’).

Wishing you a new world of health as you learn acupuncture.  Evan

7 Responses to “Introduction to this Blog.”

  1. Merry flight says:

    When I am dead, I hope it may be said: ‘His sins were scarlet but his books were read — Hillaire Belloc

  2. After every ‘victory’ you have more enemies — Jeanette Winterson

  3. I’m so poor I can’t even pay attention — Unknown

  4. Evan says:

    My hope is that spreading the knowledge will lead to health care in general, and acupuncture in particular, not being confined to the wealthy.

  5. Mike says:

    Its getting there… science is coming through with the goods… and in the UK there is a govt funded acupuncture clinic…

  6. That’s a sensible answer to a challenging question

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