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Acupuncture And Empowerment:
Transforming The Therapeutic Relationship
To Facilitate The Flow Of Qi
Michael T. Greenwood, MB (MD)
There is an emerging consensus in medicine that patients should be more involved in the clinical decision-making process and that they be empowered to act as full partners with their physicians in their health care. But despite the consensus, empowerment remains an elusive goal. The author argues that this is so because the current medical paradigm is innately disempowering, and that empowerment might better be facilitated with acupuncture through an application of Five-Element principles in the context of a transformed therapeutic relationship.
Acupuncture, Empowerment, Five Elements, Therapeutic Relationship, Transformation
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June, 2011, Vol. 12, Issue 06
Medical Qi Gong and Posture
By David Twicken, DOM, LAc
Qi gong is a treasure of Chinese culture. This ancient health practice can be found in the earliest historical periods of China. In my previous article on medical qi gong, the three adjustments were introduced: posture, breath and intention.
Now, I will explore the links between posture, acupuncture channels, anatomical structures and health.
Posture is a very important aspect of qi gong and martial arts; it is also called alignment or structure. The classic book of Chinese medicine: the Nei Jing, presents five major systems of acupuncture channels. The channels are sinew, luo, primary, divergent and eight extraordinary channels. These channels can be viewed in layers, from superficial to deep. Posture or structure influences all the channels, but it has a particularly strong influence on the sinew and divergent channels, and their corresponding anatomical structures. Aligning the body, specifically the skeletal system and sinew channels, allows for the normal flow of qi and blood throughout the body. The sinew channels directly influence tendons, muscles, bones and joints, and indirectly influence the internal organs. Good posture aligns the anatomical structures, which allows the internal organs to retain their normal positions. Improper posture can create stress and pressure on the anatomical structures surrounding the internal organs, and over long periods of time it will influence the circulation of qi and blood in the channels. The stress created by misaligned anatomical structures and the diminished circulation of qi and blood can cause imbalances of the internal organs.
The divergent channels are one of the most interesting channel systems. The early classics do not provide a comprehensive theory and application of this channel system; the Nan Ching does not contain them. These channels originate in the big joints of the body, which are large anatomical structures, for example, the knees, hips, elbows and shoulders. The divergent channels divert pathogenic factors away from the organs to these anatomical locations, to hold them. In an ideal situation, self-healing methods are practiced to clear and resolve these holding areas. If the areas are not resolved, the pathogens can damage the local structures and move towards the internal organs.
A unique aspect of the divergent channels is they connect the superficial and deep layers of the body. From an acupuncture channel perspective, it includes the sinew and eight extraordinary channels. The divergent channels integrate Wei Qi, tendons and muscles, as reflected by the sinew channels, bones and Jing, which are reflected by the eight extraordinary channels. Good posture aligns sinew, divergent and eight extraordinary channels and their corresponding anatomical structures, creating a structure for good circulation and health.
From an ancient time, qi gong and Chinese medical practitioners had a profound understanding of movement and posture, and their influence on the human body. One insight they had was how posture influences the skeletal system, and its corresponding vital substance: Jing, as well as the entire marrow matrix. See more