Monday, September 21, 2020

Acupuncture

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To understand Acupuncture you must under stand ‘Qi‘.

What is ‘Qi’?

‘Qi’ is a concept from ancient cosmic philosophy in the orient. In that period, the oriental people thought that the universe is filled with basic material called ‘Qi’, which has no shape, color and smell. Therefore, they had an idea that an object can be made with the cohesion of ‘Qi’ because, they thought, it has no shape but takes up some measure of space. Moreover, they sure believed that there’s an ceaseless interaction between ‘Qi’ and the material made of it.

They also identified human body as a respective small universe, so they thought ‘Qi’, the shapeless energy, is always circulating in the body interacting with blood, a visible energy.

This idea has developed into a traditional oriental principle of ‘yin and yang’ (for example, ‘Qi’ was considered as ‘yang’, blood as ‘yin’), of which fundamental concept seeks interdependence and equilibrium between those two elements. By the same token, body and soul have been thought to be formed and sustained with them.

How can ‘Qi’ be made in the body?

‘Qi’ is broadly divided into two parts in the oriental medicine; innate one and postnatal one. The former exists as an individual trait or energy bequeathed from ancestors; the latter also does as energy acquired from outer factors like food, water and air. The two parties are finally put together in the body and manipulated by the internal organs and the bowels, thereby producing ‘Qi’ that governs all life-related phenomena.

What does ‘Qi’ do in the body?

‘Qi’ governs the overall body growth and metabolism; keeps the body heat constant at around 37.5°; among many Qinds of ‘Qi’s in the body, ‘wi-Qi’ expels disease-causing matters out from the sQin; controls the whole material bodies’ shapes, positions and movements like blood circulation; enlarges and elevates the basic condition of body materials into the heightened status, such as purified mind and mental awakening.

‘Qi’ has some designated paths in the body, called ‘Kyung-rak'(the channels and collaterals). They not only serve as a paths of ‘Qi’, but also carry the disease.

Metabolism in the body is mainly made vertically under ‘kyung”s control; collaterals(rak), assisting kyung’s functions, do horizontal control.

What is ‘Kyung-rak’ composed of?

‘Kyung-rak’ can be divided into two parts, ‘kyung-mack’ and ‘rak-mack’: ‘kyung-mack’ into twelve channels and eight extra channels; ‘rak-mack’ into 15 reticular branch condunits, superficial collaterals and small collaterals. As with the symmetrical structure of body, ‘Kyung-rak’ is divided into two on both sides of body.

The twelve channels that are positioned vertically are connected to internal organs, viscera and pericardium. Each ‘Qi’ that gets started from a channel circles in the body via an organ and finally returns to its original position.

‘Qi-kyung-pal(eight)-mack’, which are symmetrical and rather broad branches from twelve channels, show both the vertical and the horizontal distribution, which is called extra channels. 12 horizontal branches, governing vessel, ren vessel and great reticular condunit from spleen are totally called ’15 byul(respective)-rak’, which is also named as 15 great reticular condunits.

What does ‘Kyung-rak’ do in the body?

‘Kyung-rak’ means a certain bio-reactionary channel that controls the circulation of ‘Qi’ and blood with interconnecting many acupoints in the body. It governs overall physiological phenomena that arise between ‘Qi’ and blood: serves some carrying functions; controls pathological reaction and treatment.

How is ‘Kyung-rak’ distributed in the body?

Among the twelve channels, ‘yangming taiyin’ and ‘shaoyin’ vertically cover the front side of the body; ‘shaoyang Jueyin’, flanks of the body; ‘taiyang’, the back side of the body.

Acupoint, also called transferring point, can serve as both the stimulative and the targeted points in acupuncture treatment. It interconnects sQin, five organs & six viscera and meridians.

The classification of acupoints

Followings are specific acupoints in the body and their own unique and special function.

1. Primary points (‘won-hyul’)

This serves as a stationary point of primordial ‘Qi’ from internal organs and viscera. Primordial Qi spread through the body via triple energizer, and at that time, a certain point on the sQin where the Qi is amassed is called primary point. Especially, the symptoms of disease in internal organs and viscera that can be seen on the point are helpful when diagnosing the general conditions of the patient’s pulse and internal organs. Each primary point represents a designated channel, so it can be used when treating the weak or excessive conditions of internal organs and viscera: when excessive, it gets discarded; when weak or deficient, it gets preserved and strengthened.

2. Collateral points (‘rak-hyul’)

This is the point that forms and controls the exterior-interior relationship among the 12 channels. Therefore, It is usually used for disease of exterior-interior channels. There are total 15 collateral points.12 collateral points among these, each one point of 12 collaterals which separate from 12 regular channels, have the function of linQing up the Qi and blood of the two channels related exteriorly-interiorly. There can be used for disorders involving the exterior-interior syndrome. For example, acupuncturing L7(collateral point of Lung meridian) can treat headache. But head is not path of Lung meridian. That’s why lung meridian and large intestine meridian which runs thru head have relationship of exterior and interior (or brothers). Others are those of collaterals of GV(governer vessel), CV(conception vessel) and the major collateral of the spleen. They can be used to treat abdomen, back and lateral side of trunk depending each running parh.

3. Cleft points (‘geuk-hyul’)

This is a chasm made by bend or twist of Qi and blood of meridians. Therefore, Qi and blood of channel gets together at this point. Besides acute disease in each channel can be treated by acupuncturing this point, excess type or deficiency type of disease can be diagnosed by pressing this point..

4. Front-Mu points

This means that Qi in the internal organs is centered on a point of chest or abdomen and gets distributed to the acupoints. It is originated from near the internal organs. When a disease appears in the internal organs and viscera, there can be seen some disorders around the area where blood is temporarily amassed. The area controls hyperactivity of yin & yang in internal organs and viscera.

5. Back-shu points

This indicates a certain point in the back where Qi is streaming and infused. Qi in the internal organs is connected to back in the body, and when it gets activated, some unusual symptoms can be found. This point can have great influence on internal organs, and E.N.T disease can be treated by diagnosing and treating the point.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Ted

    Acupuncture has been used to treat almost every problem you can think of! However, what you are really interested in is whether acupuncture has any chance of helping your particular problem or medical condition.

    There is very good scientific evidence showing that acupuncture can help nausea and sickness. For other problems, there is little good scientific evidence that we can rely on because not enough good quality research work has been done. The commonest reason to try acupuncture is to treat painful problems. For conditions such as neck and back pain, your chances of being helped by acupuncture are probably about 80%, with some people becoming completely free of pain.

    Acupuncture can be used to treat a vast range of conditions and practitioners often vary enormously in the kind of conditions they are happy to treat. So, whether acupuncture can help you can only really be decided after discussion.

    As a general guide, if you are suffering from pain, acupuncture may well help to improve your pain. Results can never be guaranteed. Some people react very well to acupuncture while other people notice little change. In addition, acupuncture often improves sleep, promotes relaxation, and results in a feeling of improved wellbeing. Many people find that they feel better after acupuncture treatment, even if, unfortunately, there is no real improvement in their medical condition.

  2. HK

    Stimulating the nasal mucous membrane with acupuncture, chronic headache can be cured because nasal bleeding can control the pressure in the brain. Migraine headache or that from stress makes people highly annoyed; generally, they don’t know the specific reasons, and the medicinal treatment is not so effective.
    Headache is the disease due to the expansion of blood vessels in the brain by elevating the pressure inside pretty high and stimulating the nerve cells around. Therefore, shrinking the pressure and facilitating the blood circulation are the core of its treatment.
    Brain, in view of oriental medicine, is the place where all the heat generated from the internal organs get amassed by the circulatory mechanism of the human body; the improper circulation can cause headache.
    When the pressure in the brain is higher than normal, followings are the main symptoms: (1) head is not clear and muddled; (2) loss of memory; (3) headache and dizziness occur; (4) the eyes get easily congested; (5) backside of neck is dull and ears are ringing.
    One or two times of this treatment is enough when the headache is not severe; five times for severe case. However, there are those who shouldn’t be treated this way: stanching is hard to be made for people suffering from diabetes, and more fundamental treatment is required for the people suffering the chronic headache because the digestive or liver disorder is usually accompanied.
    Other than this treatment, the regular dietary pattern must be kept, and bathing with hot water everyday or the exercise like sit-up is also effective.

  3. Chin

    Can the stimulation by acupuncture conquer the stress? Prof. Min Byung-il from Kyunghee Univ., Seoul presented 2 years ago that by the experiment done on the white rat, it was found that stimulation by acupuncture can, to a considerable extent, deter the stress. He also added that many of modern stress-causing diseases like peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, arteriosclerosis can be prevented and cured.
    It has been too well-known a fact that acupuncture can ease the pain. However, its relation with stress hasn’t been brought to light until Prof. Min’s experiment.
    Prof. Min and his research team did an artificial coxalgic stress to the rat and stimulated the area Hap-gok-hyul; LI4 between the big finger and the forefinger. Then they observed the reaction of naloxone, the blocking agent against opioid which is analgestic material and is secreted from brain.
    The outcome was the increase of arterial blood pressure and blood norepinephrine. However, when the area between above two fingers got stimulated by acupuncture, no increase of arterial blood pressure and stress-related hormones was found. Prof. Min explained that the stress-deterring effect of acupuncture, like its analgesic effect, presumably occurs due to the activities of opioid.

  4. Yin

    People’s interest in, so called, ‘bee acupuncture’ is getting higher and higher nowadays. This traditional treatment has recently become the center of public attention as an alternative medical science. More than 3 thousands thesis and reports on its principles and curing effects have been published worldwide. In the United States and Australia, the development of medications using bee venom is vividly ongoing. Bee acupuncture treatment is made on acupoints, channels(or meridians or ailing spots. In the past, bee sting was directly used by piercing the human skin. However currently, bee venom is extracted by high-frequency wave and used as an injection material.
    The founding fathers of medical science like Hippocrates, Galenos and the phrases from Koran also support and verify the efficacy of bee venom. More than these, many leading countries in the world are now putting much more effort to prove the effectiveness of bee venom and acupuncture over rheumatic disease or skin cancer, etc.

    – Three core ingredients of bee venom
    used in acupuncture

    1. Melittin: this blocks the transferring of nerve shock and is good for the diseases like ulcer, hypertension, obliterating endarteritis, edema.
    2. Apamin: this strengthens the immunity.
    3. Cardiopep: this emits endogenous(analgetic) hormones and affects the blood circulation.

    Sources from many medical specialists have it that bee venom and bee acupuncture, purely natural material, are highly effective in improving blood circulation, blood formation. Other than these, they also include antibacterial ingredient more than one thousand times powerful than penicillin, which can be used in treating inflammatory and degenerative diseases.
    Doctors in oriental medicine added that bee acupuncture eventually does mixed roles of four: fomentation, physical therapy, acupuncture and moxibustion, medicinal therapy.

  5. Hung

    In the perspective of oriental medicine, the eyes are composed of two parts: ‘O-ryun(, meaning five regions inside pupil)’ and ‘Pal-kwak(, meaning eight regions outside pupil)’, and ophthalmology diseases are caused by the excess or lack of activities of internal organs. Acupuncture and medicinal treatment, when both are used harmoniously, can show somewhat great effect. People of squint in their eyes are spread in the whole range of age, and the rate in children is increasing. Although it is reportedly the hereditary disease, the specific reasons have not been found yet. There are roughly four kinds of squint: internal squint, external squint, upward squint, downward squint.
    There are also two kinds of squint with the movement of the eyes: paralytic and non-paralytic one. In paralytic squint, the movement of the eyes is very limited; in non-paralytic one, the movement is normal, but ocular deviation occurs.
    Acupuncture treatment is made on the acupoints(‘kyung-hyul’) around the eyes; medicinal treatment is used for recovering the liver, lowering the heat, rooting out the ‘wind evil’. In any cases, recovering the contractile force of the eyes is the foremost priority.
    Acute Acupuncture and medicinal treatment is also helpful for ptosis, amblyopia, facial paralysis and blephalospasm.

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May Ling
Macrobiotics & natural health practitioner of Chinese decent. May Ling provides a Yin-Yang perspective to holistic health and natural healing. Contact: mayling@cleanseplan.com

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