Discover why acupuncture is everywhere. It’s being used in battle field, fertility clinics and veterinary medicine treating anything from racehorses to your pet dog or cat. But there is confusion about how it could be useful for so many things? Discover the ancient secrets about far east Asian medicine which is an advanced and sophisticated form of natural therapy, using the body’s natural resources to restore balance. Unlike modern medicine, which tries to fix the body like a mechanic fixing a machine, Acupuncture is about establishing a balance between the two opposing and complementary forces in nature: yin and yang. Learn how the complex system of acupuncture and oriental medicine looks at the interconnections between everything in our bodies.
16. You Don't Need To Go Far to Find The Right Acupuncturist for yoy
One of the questions acupuncturists get asked a lot is ‘what training is involved to learn about acupuncture?’ The answer surprises a lot of people: between 2 – 4 years of full time study. In many countries it is a College degree or equivalent though, to date, there are not well-defined international regulations. We’re seeing a lot of other therapists advertising acupuncture or “dry needling” however this is based on trigger point therapy – not AOM principles or theories we’ve showcased in the Jolt Files.
A dry needle practitioner is looking for a muscle twitch response that requires greater stimulation and needle depth which carries a higher risk of injury. If you want to experience what we’ve discussed in the Jolt Files, book in to see a fully trained traditional acupuncturist today.
15. How Can Causing Bruising Make You Feel Better?
Ever wondered what those large purple round circles you see people with on their back? It’s an AOM technique called cupping. Where jars or ‘cups’ are applied with either a pump or igniting a flame to create negative pressure which causes a vacuum so they suction onto the skin. Cupping works by breaking up stagnation and drawing blood to blocked areas. Another technique is Gua Sha, or scraping which, according to folk lore, was primarily used by non-acupuncturists to get “Qi flowing” using household implements such as rice spoons. Cupping and Gua Sha can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and moxibustion, or used as an alternative to acupuncture needles such as working with children.
14. The Wrong Way and The Right Way to Use Heat
Are you aware that trained acupuncturists offer a range of other techniques? Moxibustion uses thermal heat sources to stimulate points and areas of the body. Contrary to contemporary approaches to use ice or cold therapy to inhibit inflammation, AOM uses heat to promote the circulation of blood and Qi to areas that are blocked or affected by trauma. In addition to injury recovery, AOM heat therapy/ moxa can be applied to boost the immune system. In this episode we take you through how moxa works, what conditions moxa is not good for and provide examples of times when moxa is used instead of acupuncture.
13. Discover the Flow of Energy in Every 24 Hour Cycle
The hourly organ clock provides a framework for understanding the flow of energy through a 24 hour cycle. It has to do with the 12 main energy systems in the body, that relate to the primary organs. Energy flows through each of the 12 organs over a two hour period throughout the day. Whenever we see symptoms occurring at regular times, we can consult with the hourly organ clock to see the correlation with the organs. This information helps a trained acupuncturist to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan specific to your needs.
12. Don’t Make the Mistake of Thinking That Your Emotions Are Not Important
Our emotional or mental health is often overlooked in western medicine, which focuses more on physical health. Emotions can be a powerful force of health and healing and play an important role in all aspects of health. Based on the five element system, there are five main emotions; fear, anger, joy, sadness and melancholy. We are all born with a tendency to one of these emotions and life events and circumstances will cause the rise and fall of different emotions, which can cause physical blockages or imbalances in the associated organs.
11. The 6 External Causes of Disease
Disease is understood as external, internal and inherited or congenital - what you’re born with. External causes are attributed to the five element environmental factors: wind, cold, damp, dryness and heat/ summer heat. Internal causes are related to food and diet – with Chinese Medicine seeing all foods as fitting within the five element theory of flavours; sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. So a food craving is an important diagnostic tool to an acupuncturist. The “congenital causes of disease” can be understood as your genetic make-up or the constitutional energy you inherited from your parents at conception. While you can’t alter this, good diet, moderate exercise and healthy living can help you to make the most of what you were born with.
The Jolt Files
Great for anyone and everyone to listen to for a few short minutes. Easily explained for the lay person to gain some understanding about acupuncture / chinese medicine. Listening to The Jolt is well worth anyone’s time. I’ve just listened to the most recent podcast. Terrific.