Acupuncture in St Albans

You may have heard about different styles of  acupuncture. Chinese Medicine for thousands of years has been passed down in a succession of master-apprentice that is typical for Eastern civilisations learning process. The variety of approaches and practical styles of application was extremely rich because every practitioner could throughout the lifetime introduce their own experiences and insights into the style they would teach their students. They in the same continuous process would develop their individualised approach and again pass it on to another generation of students.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

From about the middle of the 20th century Mao Tse Tung and communists  gradually regained the China’s independence from Western colonialism. This brought about a renewal of Chinese Medicine. For the first time in history Chinese medicine was introduced to universities and reorganised in an effort to create one universal academical system. So called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was created as a result. Because communism is based in materialistic philosophy the TCM did not include any reference to spiritual aspect of acupuncture that was integral part of this holistic medicinal system. The diagnostic process is focused mainly on recognising imbalances in body substances and elements and is analytical in reasoning and logical in application. TCM acupuncture style does affect the spirit as well as the body because acupuncture points work on deep energetic level and the concept of Spirit (Shen) is integral part of the theory of Chinese Medicine.

5 Elements Constitutional Acupuncture

This vital style of acupuncture was missed during the creation of academical acupuncture in China. The British national professor J R Worsley, who studied in the 50-ties of the last century in Taiwan and Korea developed this style in the West. His tireless work both as a physician and a teacher popularised acupuncture in UK and America. While TCM was oriented more towards the external, the 5 Element Acupuncture dealt mainly with internal causes of disease which are emotions. In this manner the focus in 5 Element style is on the patients’ spirit and its dominating role in the healing process. The diagnosis is based on sensory acuity of the practitioner and can be largely intuitive. It stresses the health of patient’s body, mind and spirit as an inseparable whole.

Integrated Chinese Medicine

A group of professor Worsley’s students who trained under him first and then spent time training in TCM in China noticed that both acupuncture styles are complementary to each other and the artificial separation was limiting to the scope of treatment. In 1993 John and Angela Hicks funded the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. Since then the school has been training dozens of students every year. The uniqueness of the integrated acupuncture style is reflected in diagnostic approach that is based at the core of the deepest, individual so called ‘constitutional factor’. It is extremely beneficial for the patients to receive treatments based on recognition of their constitutional imbalance. The integrated acupuncture incorporates the TCM approach into the diagnosis and treatment strategy as well. This way it brings out the best from both styles together to treat person on the level of body and mind in most effective manner.

It is also rewarding for practitioner to be able to work in style that reflects the beauty and depth of the fact that we all go through the patterns of life in our own individual way. Integrated acupuncture is now available in St Albans with Blue Diamond Acupuncture.