Acupuncture. History of acupuncture. Acupuncture needles. Archeological discovery. Qi energy. Acupuncture Qi. How acupuncture works? Life qi. Vital energy. Mystical qi. Acupuncture books. Future of Acupuncture. Maslow's pyramid. Licensed acupuncturist. Giovanni Maciocia.
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That's what acupuncture needles do in acupuncturist hands.
But, by definition, acupuncture works with Qi.
What is Qi? You can ask. And not only you. Health insurance companies and pharmaceutical concerns will ask too.
What is this product? How much does it cost? Can you collect the Qi amount on your Bank account? Very interesting question, by the way.
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The History of Acupuncture - simple facts with real questions.
#1 - Acupuncture has been practiced in China for more than 3000 years.
# 2 - Archeological Discovery - Otzi man - the tattoo marks seen on the "Ice Man"- who died in about 5300 BCE and whose body was revealed when an Alpine glacier melted. These tattoos might indicate that a form of stimulatory treatment similar to acupuncture developed quite independently of China.
# 3 - The first document of organized system of diagnosis and treatment of acupuncture is The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, dating from about 100 BCE.
# 4 - Many different esoteric theories of diagnosis and treatment emerged, sometimes even contradictory, possibly as competing schools attempted to establish their exclusiveness and influence.
# 5 - During the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion was published, which forms the basis of modern acupuncture.
# 6 - We have 361 acupuncture points in the human body, like days during the year in our planet. But John Hopkins Medicine source shows number more than 2000 acupuncture points in the human body.
# 7 - The earliest traditions of Chinese medicine (Shang dynasty, 17th–11th century BC) were linked to beliefs in ancestors. Deceased ancestors were capable of endangering or even destroying human life, and healing practices attempted to restore not only the living, but also the dead. (onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1211)
Acupuncture needles with Archeological Discovery.
# 8 - The earliest archaeological findings (from the 1970s) are four gold and five silver needles. Was discovered in the tomb of Han Dynasty Prince Liu Sheng (?–113 BC).
# 9 - The earliest Chinese medical texts known today were discovered at the Mawangdui graves, sealed in 168 BC and the Zhang Jias Han burial site, closed between 186 and 156 BC. These documents provide the first descriptions of mai, imaginary "channels" that were associated with diagnosis and treatment.
# 10 - The classic text Huang Di Neijing introduced the practice and theoretical underpinnings of what clearly became human acupuncture in the historical sense. Means the manipulation of Qi flowing in vessels or conduits by means of needling.
# 11 - In the Song times, (AD 960–1279), acupuncture medical practice became increasingly systematized, as typified by the work of Wang Weiyi in connection with his acupuncture bronze man (on the picture). Thank you for the article "A true History of Acupuncture".
Some private thoughts on the History of Acupuncture and Acupuncture Needles.
More precisely, “some private thoughts on the History of Acupuncture and Acupuncture Needles”, which no one talks about out loud.
In other words, "Inconvenient questions about the History of Acupuncture."
First question: What is Qi energy?
If we can answer this question, then the work of the acupuncturist to fill the patient with this energy with Qi Deficiency makes sense.
If we cannot answer this question, then what do we diagnose when interviewing and examining the patient?
Question two: How, who, when could draw all the lines of the Meridians of Acupuncture and convey this knowledge to people (like Prometheus transmitted fire)?
If the “Book of the Yellow Emperor” has reached us and before that we did not have any written evidence about the existence of Acupuncture, then why is the skeleton (Otzi man) found by archaeologists with acupuncture meridians drawn on it considered as “scientific speculation”?
In other words, if archaeologists find a 10,000 year old computer with no specifications or manual, will we stubbornly deny this archaeological find?
This is exactly what happened to Otzi the mummy.
In other words, someone 5300 years ago had knowledge of acupuncture meridians, acupuncture points. For some reason, this “someone” did not take care to pack this knowledge well and leave it in such a place that we could successfully unearth “it”. Terrible. Definitely inconvinete.
All about Qi energy in simple questions and answers.
So what is mysterious Qi as we understand it today?
Have you sometimes been told that you look tired?
So this is a temporary loss of our mysterious Qi Power.
Invisible Qi Energy is like the Force of Gravity. No one sees the Force itself, but its presence is obvious.
Each of us has once felt a loss of personal energy in a conversation with an unpleasant person.
As well as the disappearance of energy with many unfinished tasks.
We know how energy is lost during anxiety and stress.
Is this really that mystical Qi?
About which so much has been written in books on acupuncture.
Is it really possible that thinking about the loss of our energy will lead us to understand the very nature of the magical Qi described in acupuncture treatises?
Maybe yes. We begin to appreciate something when we lose it.
Transition from bone acupuncture needles to silver and gold acupuncture needles.
I don’t know who could edit the History of Acupuncture, but the transition from bone acupuncture needles to metal acupuncture needles is associated with mysticism, no less than Plato’s legend of Atlantis.
As we know, the American Indians never invented the crossbow, but they successfully used bows and arrows. And this was during the time of Columbus and Vasko da Gamma.
Likewise, the transition from acupuncture needles made of bone to acupuncture needles made of gold will forever remain a mystery to us.
As well as the true source of all acupuncture knowledge, which has come down to us from the depths of centuries.
What about the secret Qi? Acupuncture Qi. Mystical Qi.
Could Ancient Acupuncturists Feel Mystical Qi? How do we feel hot or cold?
Or maybe ancient acupuncturists felt the mysterious Qi as love and hate, or as anxiety or self-confidence?
Everyone can have their own opinion on this controversial issue.
But for some reason it seems to me that acupuncturists of the past not only had a good sense of Qi, its flow in the human body, but also saw the Qi energy in their lives.
In business, it is the most persistent and energetic who achieve success. Everyone knows this.
Maybe this business success of energetic people is the magic Qi we are looking for?
I hope that you now better understand the secret Qi that your modern acupuncturists tell you about.
Five different explanations: How Acupuncture works?
# 1 - from John Hopkins Medicine: "Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being."
# 2 - from Mayo Clinic: "Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance."
# 3 - WebMD opinion: "Acupuncture seeks to release the flow of the body's vital energy or "chi" by stimulating points along 14 energy pathways. Some scientists believe that the needles cause the body to release endorphins -- natural painkillers -- and may boost blood flow and change brain activity. Skeptics say acupuncture works only because people believe it will, an effect called the placebo effect."
# 4 - from CAM Therapist: "Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine; it balances the autonomic nervous system, influences hormonal release, and induces neuroplastic changes in the brain. These effects make acupuncture a valuable complementary therapy for various health conditions, including chronic pain, headaches and migraines, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, fertility and cognitive decline."
# 5 - NHC (England): "Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or "life force", flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi. Practitioners who use acupuncture in the traditional way believe that when Qi does not flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health."
Life Qi or Vital Energy: every movement has the Energy Source.
One can talk about Life Qi for hours. Just like the Force of Gravity. How about the Soul. Or Fate. It’s just that scientific explanation does not tolerate vague terminology, which does not consist of atoms, quarks and is not measured by instruments. Therefore, the main part of acupuncture - Life Qi, on which everything is actually built, mysteriously disappears from the explanations of “How Acupuncture Works”.
It is clearly stated: Qi is the basis of acupuncture practice. Scientific medical journals may forget about this, but if Qi Energy is forgotten in acupuncture clinics, we will lose the main source of our strength.
Best acupuncture books which explains "How Acupuncture works".
Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 2019 by Cheng Xinnong (Author) - 669 pages.
A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman (Author), Mazin Al-Khafaji (Author), Kevin Baker - 670 pages.
The Channels of Acupuncture: The Channels of Acupuncture 1st Edition by Giovanni Maciocia - 738 pages.
The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Herbs - 1320 pages.
Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia - 1320 pages.
Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, 2nd Edition by Giovanni Maciocia - 1128 pages.
Chinese Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology textbook - 1092 pages.
The Psyche in Chinese Medicine comprehensively discusses - 688 pages.
Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine - 520 pages.
Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An integrated approach to treatment and management by Irina Szmelskyj Dip.Ac., M.S., MBA, Lianne Aquilina B.S., M.B.A., ATCM, Alan Szmelskyj D.O., M.Sc., Adv. Dip. Clin. Hyp., FRSPH (Editor) - 448 pages.
The Future for Acupuncture according the Past of Acupuncture.
Popular news source for Licensed acupuncturist says: "The future for acupuncture is bright. Acupuncture provides an economic solution for medical care. Legislators are finding political advantage to affiliating with acupuncture. The future for the acupuncture profession depends on its communities of interest." (Newspaper "Acupuncture Today"). By William Morris, DAOM, PhD, LAc. Article: "The bright future for acupuncture" from 1/2010.
The last article sentence (not always, but) equal (or looks) like conclusion.
What was the last sentence in this article about? "The professional association needs more participation. It is no longer "what is my professional association doing for me?" We have greater ethical and moral obligations to humanity in terms of sustaining this discipline as a community of knowledge. It really is about what each and every one of us does in support of the profession that we know and love."
Totally agree with Mr.William Morris, DAOM, PhD, LAc.
Where do we start?
Maslow's pyramid for licensed acupuncturists.
So, according to needs.
What does a graduate of the School of Acupuncture need when starting his own business?
The first is to recoup the costs of rent, equipment, office maintenance, and advertising.
And of course - to pay off terrible education loans that stifle and interfere with life.
The second is to make your business profitable, have an emergency supply of money in the bank for six months (in case of various problems), invest a little in Stock Market and create your own retirement account.
These two Maslow Needs for Licensed Acupuncturists are at different levels of his well-known Pyramid.
But I, dear reader, guarantee that people from the first level, as well as from the second, CANNOT invest their time and energy in promoting the profession at the local or federal level. The exception is people who have other sources of income other than their private acupuncture practice.
The enormous contribution of Giovanni Maciocia to the development of Acupuncture on the planet.
Just look at the fundamental nature of Giovanni's publications.
His books, 400-1200 pages each, are not only educational for acupuncture students.
Maciocha's works are the capacity of acupuncture itself in the modern mentality of the entire society.
And each of his books is a promotion of the profession on a planetary level.
At a minimum, this is exactly what every acupuncture school should strive for.
I don't mean the school as a local business, but as a separate area of Clinical Acupuncture Practice.
Because each fundamental book (500-1200 pages) is the volume of knowledge in our profession in our social community.
Of course, publication also means the authority of the author himself.
But for such heroes of the acupuncture community, I think this aspect was in the second or third place.
Structuring Maslow's Pyramid to determine the Future of the profession "L.Ac".
So we have defined the first and second levels in Maslow's Pyramid for licensed acupuncturists, plus the level at the very top of the pyramid. Which Maslow associated with Altruism and Self-Realization.
Let me just remind you what Maslow’s Pyramid is as defined by Wikipedia: "Maslow's hierarchy of needs is an idea in psychology proposed by American psychologist Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in the journal Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans."
Thank you Wikipedia, very much.
What is on the third and fourth levels of Maslow's Pyramid for licensed Acupuncturists?
I will take the liberty of suggesting several criteria.
At the same time, I understand that any of my visions can become the object of criticism and discussion. Offer your versions. They will be announced here.
Everyone understands that the higher the level of the social ladder, the more difficult the Conflict of Interest works.
The first criterion is that the acupuncturist (second level of pyramid) is already cramped in his office.
He (she) realized himself on the first and second steps of the Pyramid.
And wants to invest his experience of private acupuncture practice in a course of study or scientific research in the field of acupuncture.
At this level, acupuncture professionals attempt to become professors at local acupuncture schools or activists for local acupuncture associations at the city or state level. The fourth level of the pyramid can be occupied by those who, at the federal level, are trying to promote the profession in the mentality of Parliament, Congress, and Senate. Or in scientific (research) activities. For example, in publications from PubMed.
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Conclusion. As one of the options. Version of the:
Future for the profession "Licensed Acupuncturist" according to Maslow's Pyramid.
Beginning practitioners, as well as experienced acupuncturists (levels 1 and 2), will develop their practice.
They hardly have enough time and energy for the rest.
The third level of the pyramid will be involved in the affairs of the local professional association of acupuncturists.
If the membership fee to the association is acceptable for beginners and experienced professionals, they will always support their local professional association.
The state level Sensei will lead the local acupuncture association. Or they will teach at a local acupuncture school.
The fourth level of the pyramid is the National Rank Mentor.
Who teaches in his own state and travels with classes in several states and major cities of the country.
It is these acupuncture professionals who are the leaders of schools and scientific research areas for the development of the profession.
It is the leaders of the Acupuncture School who can unite their graduates for statistical research work and publish fundamental books (not general) but highly specialized on certain Acupuncture Methods or the treatment of individual diseases.
Only fundamental publications from 700 to 1200 pages can change the mentality of society in relation to the profession.
If the state and national associations support (through advertising) the fundamental work of their specialists, the profession will always advance.
This means having a Library of Congress registration number for books on acupuncture and distributing basic research to ALL medical schools in the country.