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Note:  Each condition listed has multiple pages discussing related chinese medicine theory, western medical information, and various treatment options. In addition to the main list above, are conditions grouped by the following sub-sections: tcm theory, acupuncture protocols, lifestyle factors and self-help options, herbal medicine treatment guides

What styles of Acupuncture are practiced?

While there are many schools of acupuncture and oriental medicine worldwide which train people in the general theory and clinical applications of acupuncture, the actual practice of acupuncture is still an art form. Many accomplished practitioners such as Tom Tam, Kiiko Matsumoto, Dr. Zhu, and Richard Tan, for example, have developed their own personal styles of acupuncture based on their clinical experience and studies. The styles that we are discussing here, however, are those which constitute the main groupings of practitioners. This is useful as some styles of acupuncture may be more preferable to you for one reason or another, or one may even be more appropriate for the types of issues that you are dealing with.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

    TCM is the general term for the style of acupuncture which most acupuncturists are trained in, at least initially, and the style which most people practice. As this is the most foundational grouping there is a broad range of techniques used and treatment protocols. Most recent clinical studies regarding acupuncture usually use treatment techniques a/or protocols based on TCM Theory.
  • Japanese Acupuncture:

    Japanese Acupuncture is a style of acupuncture which requires additional training above and beyond general TCM Theory and Practice. The techniques within Japanese acupuncture are generally aimed at using the least amount of stimulation to create the greatest effect. To contrast with TCM, Japanese acupuncture typically uses thinner needles, less points and less stimulation by using more shallow needle insertions even to the point of just touching the needle to the skin. Additionally, while not entirely unique to Japanese acupuncture, practitioners tend to use the abdomen as a diagnostic tool more often than other styles of acupuncture.
  • Korean Acupuncture:

    Korean Acupuncture is another broad categorization which in actual practice includes some unique techniques and applications as well as techniques and theory from both TCM and Japanese acupuncture. In general there is more use of the Five Element Theory and an emphasis on your body type or constitution when developing treatments. Korean Hand Acupuncture is a popular subset of Korean Acupuncture where the hands are considered a microsystem of the entire body. Within this system you may diagnose and treat conditions anywhere in the body by treating just the hands. This is similar in theory to Auricular Acupuncture.
  • Five Element Acupuncture:

    Five Element Acupuncture is a speciality practice which can be similar in needling style to Japanese Acupuncture but tends to concentrate more on the psycho-spiritual nature of a person to heal disease - including physical disease. This style of medicine was popularized by the late J.R. Worsley and requires significant training outside of general TCM theory. Most practitioners will have gone to a school that specializes in Five Element acupuncture or at least have done post-graduate study at one.
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  • Auricular Acupuncture:

    Auricular Acupuncture may be considered both an adjunctive technique and a speciality area. Auricular acupuncture uses the ears as a microcosm, or representation, of the entire body. By diagnosing with and treating the ears, one can treat any conditions anywhere in the body, including psychological issues. One area where Auricular acupuncture is used extensively is in drug and alcohol detox centers where the NADA Protocol is used to help people deal with addictions.

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