Acupuncture is the most widely used modality of Chinese medicine. Since it is an ancient tradition there have been many acupuncture styles developed, and every practitioner uses his or her preferred one. The style we practice in our clinic is based on "Yi Jing", or "Cannon of Changes", which is a manual of transformations and is the most influential classical text in China.
According to the teaching of traditional Chinese medicine, the practical health and longevity of a person depends on the normal functioning in the body of the two main components of its homeostasis: qi and blood. Thus any disease is considered to be a violation of the harmony of the balance of the body's homeostasis due to its exhaustion by it’s complicated way of life and by the environment.
All the functions of the human body are correlated with the macrocosm and are classified according to the system of gua.
Gua is a symbol described in “Yi Jing”. Six broken (yin) and solid (yang) lines build up hexagrams called “gua”. Each gua is a combination of two trigrams, consisting of three yin or yang lines, forming one of the eight trigrams “bagua”. There are 64 possible hexagrams.
The diagnostic and therapeutic methods of acupuncture logically and consistently follow from the system reflected in the symbols of "Yi Jing", which gives the opportunity to adequately determine the nature of the disorders present in the body, and the method of acupuncture, suitable to eliminate these pathologies as "the key to the lock".
The classical methodology of “Yi Jing" is based on the algorithm for the interconversion of gua. During the treatment, we analyze the characteristics of the patient, his or her illness and its manifestations, and think about the mechanism of the painful phenomena and compare with it the functions of the corresponding points of influence (acupuncture points), the time of the treatment (time of the season) and the different ways and methods of needling techniques. Then the "original gua”, reflecting the present condition of the patient and the current season is created and the "target gua", corresponding to the favorable condition to be achieved as a result of the successful treatment, is determined.
Depending on the “original” and the “target” guas, the points we select for needling might be remote (for example, points on the upper part of the body to treat the lower back pain or points on the right side of the body to treat the pain on the left side), local (points located at the place of the pain), and adjacent (for example, the point under the 11th rib to treat the stomach pain).
The needles are left in the body for about 20-40 minutes to let the therapeutic effect to take place. After that the needles are taken out and there is a brief discussion of how you felt during the treatment.
While our first and foremost goal is to see our clients symptom free, acupuncture treatments contribute to all aspects of the harmony of the human body.