How does acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine views the entire human organism – body, mind and spirit – as different qualities of Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi can be loosely translated as “energy”. The body is a rather dense, coarse type of Qi, while mind and spirit are progressively lighter and more refined in quality. The different qualities or types of Qi are not separate in any way. They are very much interconnected, and a problem in one area (eg stressful mind) will generally have some impact on the other areas (eg headache, stiff shoulders, depression).
Qi flows through the body via a network of channels (often referred to as meridians). The channel system connects every aspect of our being (in a similar way to the blood circulatory system). Fourteen of these channels are particularly important, as they contain acupuncture points.
An acupuncture point can be thought of as a vortex of energy which, when stimulated, can effect the quality, quantity and smoothness-of-flow of Qi in the channel (and thus throughout the system). Each of the fourteen main channels has many points, each of which can act on the system in a range of different ways.
There are two main ways of stimulating the points in acupuncture. The most important one is by inserting a very fine needle into the point. The other is by moxibustion, which involves warming the point by burning small cones of a specific herb on the skin over the point. Moxibustion is a pleasant, painless procedure.
Is it for me?
This system is great for those with issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, feelings of disconnection and alienation, overwhelm, emotional pain, uncontrolled anger, lack of joy, lack of motivation, lack of direction, difficulty with self-care and making time for yourself, and the wide range of physical disorders that arise due to these issues.
CFEA is a wonderful system for those who are interested in deep healing and awakening to more of who they are. It is also suitable for a wide range of physical disorders, and is excellent for maintaining health and well-being.
(Please also read the section entitled “True Healing” to get a better sense of this).