and Classical Acupuncture
By Daniel Schulman,Dipl.
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is part of Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM). TOM is one of
the oldest continually practiced medical systems in the world;
a system that includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, Traditional Massage
and Chinese Dietary Therapy. TOM has its own understandings of
the human body/mind/spirit, the origins of illness, diagnosis
and treatment. Many think Acupuncture is just a technique for
pain control. This is a false assumption. Traditional Oriental
Medicine can offer effective treatment for a wide range of women's,
children's and men's health concerns. In TOM, all symptoms are
interpreted as signs of imbalance in the body. Therapy is always
directed at assisting your body in its natural drive back to balance.
Classical Acupuncturist will assess and treat you using the principles
of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Classical Acupuncture works
with the many meridians in your body (channels of flow identified
by the Chinese over 2000 years ago). Imbalances in the ebbs and
flows of these channels can be adjusted at specific acupoints
by using needles, moxibustion (the burning of herbs on points),
polarity agents and other therapies. The TOM system is truly holistic.
Your symptoms are not viewed or treated in isolation, but rather
as part of your whole picture.
Oriental Medicine takes a lifetime to study and master. Good schooling
and legitimate credentials are the foundation for this process.
In most of the U.S. and in B.C., Alberta and Quebec, Acupuncturists
are licensed through procedures which ensure all practitioners
have graduated from an approved school and passed an independent
competency examination. Ontario is beginning to develop regulations.
In Atlantic Canada, you have to be a good shopper because Acupuncture
is completely unregulated.
are some things to think about. It is important that an acupuncturist
be certified by a legitimate, independently governed organization.
For example, in the U.S., this would be the National Commission
for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
whose certification is internationally recognized. In Canada,
this would be the B.C. College of Acupuncturists, the Alberta
Registry or the Quebec Order of Acupuncturists. Sometimes schools
certify their own graduates. This is not a legitimate practice
in most respectable professions like law and medicine.
of the lack of regulation, some Canadian Acupuncture schools have
very low standards. When considering an Acupuncturist, determine
the school they attended, the hours of instruction involved and
if they graduated. The current standard for Classical Acupuncture,
in most regulated jurisdictions is 2100 - 2500 hours of full-time
instruction over a 3 - 4 year period. In the United States, most
schools are postgraduate level. Several schools in Canada now
have similar standards.
Acupuncture" is based in the traditional diagnostic and therapeutic
principles of Oriental Medicine. In Canada, many members of other
health professions practice Acupuncture. Physiotherapists, Physicians,
Chiropractors and Naturopaths can all acquire Acupuncture training
that typically spans anywhere from 100 - 500 hours. In these cases,
basic Acupuncture techniques have been added onto the diagnostic
and therapeutic approaches central to each of these professions.
This is quite different from "Classical Acupuncture."
If you want to experience "Classical Acupuncture", I
recommend you visit a practitioner who has the training I have
Schulman practices Japanese and Chinese styles of Classical Acupuncture
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