Acupuncture is a complex term in our modern healthcare system. In classical Chinese Medicine, with which we at Turtle Dragon are lineage carriers, acupuncture is one of several different tools used in the regulation and maintenance of all wellness states of being. Other tools include: moxibustion, guasha, cupping, dietetics, plant medicine, lifestyle management and coaching, meditation and mindfullness and a wide variety of movement therapies designed to integrate, energize and balance the necessary states of being that engender, holistically, our life experiences.
Essentially, acupuncture represents all techniques wherein filiform needles are inserted into the human body at various locations and with various depths and including a wide-variety of manipulation techniques that elicit and promote certain specific effects ultimately designed to balance polarity and pressure within the human experience.
The intent of acupuncture is first to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering, and second to provide an effective method whereby disease can be prevented. The methods whereby this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.
Providers, using the model of Chinese Medicine, view the relationship between health and disease on a detailed understanding of the bodies physical and energetic systems in relationship with one another rather than being autonomous systems. Our diagnostic methods of pulse reading, tongue observation, and palpation of channels, abdomen, and acu-points all provide the practitioner with a detailed understanding of how our bodies systems are working together and what needs to be done if they are not.
The basic mechanics of all needlework involves the placement of small gauge (a measurement of thickness), filiform (meaning solid, not hollow) needles at strategic locations throughout the physical form. The locations act both locally and globally to influence and regulate a wide-range of bio-mechanical and energetic stimulus and functionality.
Acupuncture is often distinguished into two primary concepts, channels (sometimes referred to as meridians) and points. In many ways these two are not actually disparate, their relationship akin to the "the 'wave'" and "particle" relationship found in quantum mechanics. Ultimately, the channels and points provide a regulatory infrastructure to harmonize all environmental energies (both as internal and external probabilities), hyper-directionally, into a coherent functional pattern. This pattern, what we call our physical body, now magnetically activated, thus becomes distinguished from the environment qualitatively, not exceptionally. Access to the highest qualitative states require profound sensitivity regarding alignment and pressure. Conscious knowledge and understanding of this infrastructure, which is entirely magnetic, allows for relative ease of re-calibration of all physiological and energetic systems, instantly.
The specific locations, often referred to in modern times as acupuncture points "have many biophysical properties, which are different from those of non-acupuncture points. The characteristics include electric characteristics (i.e., high-electrical potential, conductance, and capacitance, low impedance and resistance), thermal characteristics (i.e., infrared radiant tracking along the meridians), acoustic characteristics (i.e., high guide sound with 2–15 Hz frequency, 0.5–10 mV amplitude, 6.2–10 cm/s bidirectional conduction velocity and being similar with sharp wave or sine wave), optical characteristics (i.e., high luminous properties and light wave spreading along the meridians), magnetic characteristics (i.e., a relative stable circular current of electromagnetic and chemical oscillation along the low electric resistance pathway), isotopic characteristics (i.e., migration of isotope along meridians), and myoelectric characteristics (i.e., obvious myoelectric activity)." (Li et al: 2012)
Juan Li, Qing Wang, Huiling Liang, et al., “Biophysical Characteristics of Meridians and Acupoints: A Systematic Review,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2012, Article ID 793841, 6 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/793841 https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/793841/