Wednesday, April 29, 2009
During my 25 years in practice countless people have asked me how acupuncture works.
There is no short answer, over 3500 years of recorded history and millions of successful treatment outcomes only serve to emphasize the clinical efficacy and diversity of this ancient healing modality and it reinforces the difficulty translating the underlying factors responsible for Traditional Acupuncture's incredible longevity.
With access to ancient classical medical texts, some written 2500 years before the birth of Christ, millions of recorded case histories and an extraordinary vault of knowledge based on the accumulated healing expertise gleaned from millions of successful treatments, acupuncture must be close to being the most historically proven medical modality on the planet today!
Millions of case histories have been recorded in the ancient Chinese language known as Kanji.
I believe it is imperative that the translator has a wealth of clinical experience enabling them to interpret and subsequently translate in an accurate and clinically relevant manner.
A 1000 or so years ago emissaries from Japan traveled to China to study their far more sophisticated medical and legal systems, some decades later they returned to Japan taking with them Chinese experts in the fields of medicine and law.
Much like Latin provided the basis for the Western legal and medical languages, Kanji is the language upon which the Japanese medical and legal systems are based.
As a result, accurate and clinically relevant translation of this knowledge is restricted to a few highly specialized individuals, especially in Japan.
Masakazu Ikeda sensei has written in the vicinity of 20 textbooks, authored hundreds of journal articles and presented hundreds of workshops concerning the practice of this highly specialized medical art called Traditional Acupuncture. He has also been in practice for mere 40 years!
How does acupuncture work?
The answer to this question will always be governed by the experience and awareness of the person doing the explaining.
Since the person attempting to provide an answer to this frequently asked question in this instance is yours truly, please allow me to provide you with some pertinent and relevant historical details of my career and how my first visit to Japan irrevocably changed my understanding of how Traditional Acupuncture works where it matters, in clinic.
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Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. For well over a decade, independent of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei and Edward Obaidey, Alan has presented, convened and hosted in the vicinity of 30 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand and USA. Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly nature, clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based workshops and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 14 years post and undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar globally in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.
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