Back when I first started studying Oriental Medicine in 1971, almost nobody in the West had heard of acupuncture.
I recall going to the bank a number of years later and the teller asking what I did. When I said, “Acupuncture,” she looked at me like I was from Mars.
Now most people have heard of it. And if you ask them what it does, they will usually mention pain relief. And if that’s what you would say, you are right. It is excellent for relieving pain.
Probably the second most common response would have something to do with stress relief. And this is also true. Stress, depression and anxiety respond very well to acupuncture.
But there is more to it.
Acupuncture’s Unexpected Benefits
One of the unique things about acupuncture is that it works on many levels. These are broadly described as body, mind & spirit.
You can see this effect in patient comments. For example, someone might come in for knee pain. Over the course of treatment, they will get relief. But they will also comment that they feel better in general. If you ask what they mean, you will hear comments about being happier. Or they might say that they deal with other people better. Or they might have more energy. The treatments for knee pain have given them added benefits.
You could compare this with the comments of someone taking medication. They will often report that the side effects are barely worth the benefits. Quite a contrast!
Why this works can be explained simply. The ancient Chinese founders of acupuncture didn’t see any distinct line between all the aspects of someone’s life. Your physical health affects your emotional health. And both affect how well you think and respond.
In other words, it’s all connected.
If you examine your own life, you will see this is true. That’s why when you do something that affects your health, it will affect the quality of every other part of your life.
But the question remains about how acupuncture does this. This is a mystery to most people.
Dr. Lo Explains Acupuncture
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of speaking with a man named Dr. Shui Yin Lo. We talked about acupuncture. Interestingly, Dr. Lo isn’t an acupuncturist. In fact, he doesn’t work in any medical art.
He is a theoretical physicist. His take on acupuncture comes from the viewpoint of physics. He wrote a book called, “The Biophysics Basis for Acupuncture and Health“. He did this after studying with a qigong master who thought he should take on the task.
As part of my conversation with Dr. Lo, he made the observation that, like Chinese medicine, physics looks for the deep underlying patterns that connect everything.
He told me that the goal of theoretical physicists is to be able to explain everything in the universe. That’s quite a tall order!
I don’t claim to understand the math used to explain acupuncture. But Dr. Lo has some interesting ideasÃ‚Â that help explain the many kinds of benefits people get from it.
What’s The Connection?
What is the connection? How does acupuncture affect so many levels?
The connection is energy. Quantum physics sees everything as energy. This ranges from massive objects like the sun to subatomic particles. And it includes everything in between. That means it includes human beings.
This is very similar to the Oriental concept of Qi energy. And acupuncture is classically explained as affecting the Qi in a person.
Qi is present at every level in the body. It is in organs. It is in tissues. You will see its effect in cells and molecules. And you will see it in the quality of life each person has. The stronger and more balanced the Qi, the better their quality of life.
This is why acupuncture affects more than just one aspect of health. And it is why people get multiple added benefit from treatment.
Somehow it seems fitting that in order to explain the oldest surviving healing art in the world, we need to call on the most advanced scientific theory in modern times.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,