Acupuncture for Body, Mind and Spirit by Peter Mole

By Peter Mole

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment which originated in China over 5000 years in the past. it really is now generally practised within the Western global to alleviate the indications of quite a lot of actual and mental stipulations. Acupuncture, as in all chinese language drugs, perspectives the sufferer as a 'whole' and treats approximately all power ailment as a manifestation of the individual's specific weaknesses. whilst acupuncture is directed at those long-standing weaknesses or 'imbalances', the sufferer is usually surprised to discover that not just is his or her major grievance enhancing, yet many secondary lawsuits are too. by means of putting very wonderful needles into particular issues at the physique, the lifestyles strength or 'Qi' within the physique is inspired, allowing it to come to overall healthiness, stability and concord in physique, brain and spirit. writer BIOG: Peter Mole is without doubt one of the UK's major practitioners of acupuncture and is the Dean of reviews on the university of built-in chinese language medication in studying. Peter practises on the Oxford typical well-being Centre and is a member of the administrative Committee of the British Acupuncture Council.

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Many people find it hard to believe that acupuncture works any better than a placebo. They think that the long history of the use of acupuncture is not sufficiently persuasive and need the evidence of modern research trials in order to be convinced. In the twentieth century it was not unreasonable for these people to be sceptical. But in recent years high quality research has been carried out into the effects of acupuncture on certain physical conditions. It is high quality research in the terms of Western medicine, albeit the acupuncture used is usually rather simple and formulaic.

If the Fire becomes weak then the water will start to be in excess and the body’s metabolism will become unable to carry out the many functions necessary to ensure health. If the water becomes deficient then the Fire will start to rage out of control. The phrase ‘Gung-Ho’ entered the English language from Chinese medicine where it is used to describe somebody when the Fire of her liver (Gan = Liver; Ho = Fire) is in excess, leading to a red face, quick temper and generally a ‘Gung-Ho’ attitude to life!

Some people love to put themselves in situations where they become adrenalised. It makes them feel more alive, more vital. Fun-fairs, horror movies, driving too fast or even participating in dangerous activities such as parachuting and rock-climbing are all enjoyed by people who, because of the nature of their Water Element, like to stimulate their levels of excitation. Equally these activities are loathed by people whose levels of excitation are quite high enough already! These brief outlines of yin/yang and the Five Elements can only give a flavour of the subtlety of perception afforded by these concepts to the acupuncturist.

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