Yin Yang and Acupuncture: Restore Imbalance
Acupuncture is one of the pillars of Chinese medicine. This technique, with or without needles, has been used for more than 6000 years in Africa and China.
It is based on the concept of universal and bodily energy. In case of energy deficiency or stagnation, it will be a solution to restore the Yin Yang imbalance ⚖️.
1) What is Acupuncture ?
Acupuncture consists of the implantation of fine needles at specific points on the surface of the skin (acupuncture points), located along the meridians, where energy passes.
In this way, the method acts on the body's energy flows in order to restore the balance between Yin and Yang. It aims to find where the blockage of Qi energy is located and to stimulate the corresponding points to help the body recover in a natural and more harmonious way 😊.
This technique is recognized by the WHO as an "effective and worthwhile therapy".
Acupuncture is useful in preventive and curative medicine, as well as a complement to traditional medical treatment 👨⚕️.
It can act on physiological, organic and psychic functions and is mainly indicated in the treatment of ailments related to emotional stress or tension.
Its relative effectiveness is proven in the following cases:
- Treatment of pain
- Anxiety and stress
- Smoking and alcohol withdrawal
- Certain dermatoses
- Back pain (cervical, lumbar…)
- Respiratory diseases, bronchitis, sinusitis, ... repeatedly
- Gastric or intestinal disorders
2) Acupuncture Benefits
It soothes different ailments and maintains a psychic and physical well-being of the body 👍🏻.
A.Promotes Weight Loss
If acupuncture does not have slimming virtues in the literal sense, it allows however to put back in movement the internal energy and this in agreement with the external energies.
It stimulates the circulation of the meridians, which promotes the proper functioning of the organs.
B. Helps to Stop Smoking
🚭 Acupuncture will also be an excellent partner for those who want to quit smoking. It will be useful to know the origin of the energy void that encouraged a person to have this need to put fire energy in those lungs.
C. Fight Against Migraines
Acupuncture is effective on the problems of osteoarthritis or migraines 🙇♀️.
D. Limits the Phenomenon of Stress
Finally, it will be a good way to learn how to manage stress and emotional problems, anxiety, sleep, sadness among others... Acupuncture helps to rebalance the mind as well as the emotions of daily life.
3) What is an Acupuncture Session Like ?
The acupuncture points chosen during a session are chosen according to what the Chinese call "the root" and "the branches" of the problem.
This means that one must both treat the background of the life story of the person in question; the specific terrain of the individual, the emotional environment may also the form (physical aspect) through an energy balance.
It will be an effective complement to so-called Western medicine. During the first session, it will be a question of determining the reasons for the patient's coming as well as the health problems known to date 📝.
Then comes the hour of the energetic diagnosis: the 88 times or 8 principles which designate eight categories: Yin Yang - Inner Surface - Empty Plenitude - Cold Heat. The session ends with the laying of hands.
The duration of the pose varies according to the age of the person. Often around 20 and 30 minutes. The frequency of the sessions is also variable according to age if the energy imbalances are chronic.
4) Yin Yang Principles in Traditional Chinese Medicine
☯ One of the actions of the practitioner in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the search for your Yin and Yang balance.
From the four times of the examination, he will deduce the snapshot of your Yin and Yang state, he will seek by his treatment principle to balance it.
Yin and Yang are two facets of the same reality, originally Yang referred to the sunny part of a mountain and Yin to the shady part.
The principles of Yin and Yang explain :
The causes of the appearance, development, disappearance and transformation of things, phenomena of life:
- Human physiology and pathology.
- The principles of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases.
- The classification in Yin and Yang.
The Yin and the Yang have 4 characteristics that allow us to classify everything that surrounds us and to build lists ad infinitum.
1) The Unity of Opposite Aspects Yin Yang:
All things and phenomena have two mutually opposed and inseparable aspects that control and restrict each other.
2) The Interdependence Between Yin and Yang Mutual Origin:
Yin and Yang cannot exist independently of each other, each of the two opposite aspects is the condition for the existence of the other. Mutual use: each aspect uses the opposite aspect, they serve each other.
3) Growth and Decline of Yin Yang:
The opposition and interdependence between Yin and Yang do not remain in a static state, the proportion of Yin Yang varies.
- Growth or excess of one and decrease or deficiency of the other: mutual restriction.
- Decrease or deficiency of one and growth or excess of the other: mutual restriction.
- Growth of one and growth of the other: mutual use.
- Decline of one and decline of the other: mutual use.
4) The Mutual Transformation of Yin Yang:
The maximum of one thing or phenomenon causes the opposite thing, the opposite phenomenon: the Yin at its extreme can turn into Yang, the Yang at its extreme can turn into Yin. The transformation of one into the other is a qualitative change based on a quantitative change (process of degrowth-growth).
5) Meridians and Acupoints
🇨🇳 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls JingLuo the complex network that Qi uses to circulate in the human body.
The term Jing evokes the idea of paths, what we call Meridians, while Luo evokes the multiple ramifications and crossings derived from the main branches of the Meridians.
Together they form the "Meridian Systems" which feed or connect the different parts of the body, and which establish connections between the Viscera, buried in the body, and the acupuncture points on the surface of the body.
The Energy that circulates in the Meridians is called JingQi. It consists of the different Qi that irrigate, maintain and ensure the proper functioning of the skin, muscles, tendons, bones and organs 🦴.
The Meridians can thus be a mirror of the quality of the Qi that circulates within them, as well as the balance of the multiple structures of the body to which they are connected.
This is what gives them an important diagnostic power: They provide perceptible signs that reveal internal imbalances, hence the importance of observation and palpation when examining the patient.
For example, the fact that red eyes may suggest an imbalance in Liver Energy is explained by the connection of the Meridian of the Liver with the eyes (see Headache).
The concept of Meridian conductivity explains not only that a condition can be caused by a distant factor (the redness of the eyes caused by the Liver), but also that the manipulation of a distant acupuncture point (called distal) can act on this condition: for example, a point located on the top of the foot, but belonging to the Meridian of the Liver.
6) Needles in Acupuncture
In ancient times, Chinese acupuncturists had a larger arsenal of needles or small knives at their disposal since they regularly had to perform small surgeries, open abscesses, bleedings, etc 🔪.
An old medical treatise, the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, mentions nine needles of different sizes and lengths. Among these, the Hao Zhen needle (the fine needle) is the main tool of today's acupuncturists.
Modern needles are very thin: barely three times larger than a hair and much thinner than a syringe needle, for example. Acupuncture needles consist of five parts: the tip, the body, the root, the sleeve and the tail. They are about 5 cm long.
Needles can be made of different metals: gold, silver, iron, zinc, copper, molybdenum and cobalt, but nowadays the vast majority are made of stainless steel. In Quebec, for example, members of the "Ordre des acupuncteurs" are required to use only needles of this type.
They are sterile and single-use, which eliminates any risk of disease transmission 👩⚕️. Stainless steel is ideal for the acupuncturist because it is a strong and flexible metal that does not rust. Many needles have a stainless steel body and a copper alloy sleeve.
Generally, the acupuncturist inserts the needles into the surface of the skin with a small, sharp gesture.
In addition to determining which points need to be stimulated, the acupuncturist must insert and manipulate the needle very precisely. Two parameters are taken into consideration at the time of the puncture: the angle and depth of insertion.
They vary according to the problem to be solved, the age of the patient, his or her constitution and the location of the acupuncture point.
Once the needle is inserted correctly, the acupuncturist may leave it in place or manipulate it to enhance certain therapeutic effects. Needle handling is a sophisticated art that requires great dexterity. Three basic techniques are commonly used:
- Leaving the needle in place: The needle remains in the epidermis for 10 to 30 minutes depending on the desired effect.
- Pull and push the needle in: After inserting the needle, the acupuncturist performs a small vertical back and forth movement.
- Turn the needle: When the needle is at the right depth, the acupuncturist rolls it through the sleeve between his thumb and index finger.
If the acupuncturist wants to tone the Qi, he will make small rotational movements from 45° to 90°; if he wants to disperse the Qi, the rotation will be larger, from 180° to 360°.
The manipulation of the needles usually causes the patient to feel the arrival of Energy (DeQi) or the sensation of Qi (ZhenGan). These sensations can take several forms: itching, numbness, aches, swelling, heaviness, tightness around the needle, hot, cold, muscle twitching or a small electric shock ⚡️.
Sometimes slightly unpleasant, these sensations are not very intense and usually last only a moment. They often indicate that the treatment has achieved its goal.
The acupuncturist may then choose to remove the needle or leave it in place for a few more minutes.
Patients generally feel relaxed after acupuncture treatment 🙋♂️.