Last month, I talked about an importance of finding an acupuncturist that is a right fit for you. So, besides the personality of the acupuncturists, what else could be different? I briefly touched on that before, but thought it's worth elaborating some more.
Because of the long history of Chinese medicine, there are many schools within the medicine. Acupuncture is just one part of Chinese medicine, but let's talk about that. From China, the medicine was brought to Korea, Japan, and other parts of Asia. Then, it had its own development in each of these nations. Within these nations, developed different schools of thoughts, theories, and treatment strategies.
Just my training here in the U.S. alone, there were a variety of different styles. Some people emphasize on distal needles while others use more of local needles. Distal needles are the needles away from the local disease or pain area. At one of the lectures I had in China, the professor shared about two people who were trained by the same master. The acupuncture points they used to treat patients were completely different. One used more local points while the other only used distal points. So the professor asked them, "What was so good about this master? What did you learn from him?" They thought for a moment and said, "The needle technique." So, even with the same master, people learn differently.
Some acupuncturists want patients to feel every needles while others don't want to cause any sensation. Some only use a handful of needles or less. Some insert the needles with a guiding tube. Some use other modalities such as moxa and cupping in addition to acupuncture needles.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love