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Chinese Medicine

Japan, 1747.  Image from Library of Congress

This is an historic style of acupuncture, pre-dating by centuries the present dominant style of TCM, a product of the People's Republic of China. Classical Acupuncture involves complex, comprehensive treatment strategies which are intended to treat the constitutional and core roots of disease and disharmony. A good deal of emphasis is placed upon proper needling techniques with respect to the recipient's pulse and breathing patterns. Blockages, either energetic or physical (especially those resulting from traumatic injury) are crucial to treat before balance can be achieved. Ministering to the individual's subtle consciousness and personality, expressed by the word shen (神), is the ultimate aim of the acupuncture physician.