The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.
The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of “vital energy,” “energetic balance” and “energetic imbalance.” Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” within its pathways, known as “meridians and channels”.
The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these “meridians”. Traditionally these areas or “acupoints” were stimulated by fine, slender needles. Today and at the Chiropractic Health Center in Pueblo, Colorado, many additional forms of stimulation are incorporated, including herbs, electricity, magnets and lasers. Still, the aim remains the same – adjust the “vital energy” so the proper amount reaches the proper place at the proper time. This helps your body heal itself.
Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the coherent system of healing known as Oriental Medicine. Oriental Medicine includes herbology, physical therapy, dietetics and special exercises (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong), and is a complete medical system unto itself and is not another branch of modern Western medicine. Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to Oriental thinking and Oriental Medicine, and is most effectively applied when done in accordance with those principles.
Fortunately for the health of hundreds of thousands in the Western world, East and West have combined in the application of meridian therapy in applied kinesiology. Using AK methods the meridian system can be evaluated to determine which meridians are overactive and which are underactive. If a meridian is underactive, a muscle associated with the energy level of that meridian will test weak; if a meridian is overactive, a muscle associated with that meridian will also be overactive. Use of the classic acupuncture points and other treatment methods restores immediate balance in the meridian, and the muscle returns to its normal strength.
Continued use of meridian therapy in the Western world by applied kinesiologists has uncovered many ways meridian balance can be disturbed. An individual may have an injury along the pathway of a meridian that affects the energy flow. This interference may affect both the meridian directly involved and other meridians interconnecting with that meridian.
Interestingly, meridians were being treated by Western doctors specializing in natural health care long before there was Western knowledge of meridians or acupuncture. There are fourteen points along the spine, called associated points in classic acupuncture. Each point is associated with a particular meridian. The Eastern acupuncturist treats these points as reflex points when he finds a meridian out of normal energy balance. Most of these points are in the same location that a doctor of chiropractic would stimulate when working on the spine, thus affecting meridian balance without his/her knowledge. For example, the associated point for the lung meridian is located next to the spinal area often treated in lung conditions.
Nutritional therapy also affects meridian energy balance. A meridian can be overactive or underactive as a result of either nutritional deficiencies or harmful chemical or pollutant stimulation. Permanent rebalancing of the meridian depends on removing the cause of poison or nutritional inadequacy.
Meridian therapy is by no means a panacea or a cure-all; however, it is a very important part of the total energy pattern, control mechanism, and normal health maintenance picture. It places in your doctor’s hands one more tool for obtaining and maintaining normal health.