The common description and explanation for acupuncture is that it’s a system of placing thin, sterile, needles into strategic points on the body which regulate a patient’s “Chi” or life force energy. This, in turn, creates a therapeutic effect to reduce pain, emotional stress, and the symptoms of a myriad of disease processes. The pathways along which Chi flows are often likened to rivers and streams. Stimulating the appropriate acupuncture points regulates that flow to create a therapeutic effect.

How does Acupuncture Work from a Western Perspective? Without discounting the traditional Chinese medical view of how the body works, let’s translate some of the phenomenon into Western physiological terms. Acupuncture stimulates neural pathways. If we compare a Western chart of the organs and enervating spinal nerves (left) with the Chinese “back shu points” (right), we see a great deal of overlap in terms of location. The back shu points have a major influence on organ function.

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About Robert Simon

Alternative medicine has been a life long pursuit. Growing up with holistic medicine and practicing Chigong (the Chinese method of energy cultivation) since the age of 16, I have always had an interest in alternative methods of healing and health.

After graduating from The University of Michigan with a B.A. in Asian Studies, I attended the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, a four year program in energy healing. Although ostensibly it was a school focused on healing others, the core of the program was actually focused on learning about oneself (sometimes excruciatingly so) in order to better serve one’s patients. Consequently, healing is performed with pure intention and free of ego. The more clear and honest the practitioner becomes about her or himself, the more energy they can channel.
After the Brennan program and countless courses in manual therapy, I began studying at Yo San University and specialized in advanced orthopedics, earning a Master degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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