Discover why acupuncture is everywhere. It’s being used in battle field, fertility clinics and veterinary medicine treating anything from racehorses to your pet dog or cat. But there is confusion about how it could be useful for so many things? Discover the ancient secrets about far east Asian medicine which is an advanced and sophisticated form of natural therapy, using the body’s natural resources to restore balance. Unlike modern medicine, which tries to fix the body like a mechanic fixing a machine, Acupuncture is about establishing a balance between the two opposing and complementary forces in nature: yin and yang. Learn how the complex system of acupuncture and oriental medicine looks at the interconnections between everything in our bodies.
16. You Don't Need To Go Far to Find The Right Acupuncturist for yoy21/07/2015
One of the questions acupuncturists get asked a lot is ‘what training is involved to learn about acupuncture?’ The answer surprises a lot of people: between 2 – 4 years of full time study. In many countries it is a College degree or equivalent though, to date, there are not well-defined international regulations. We’re seeing a lot of other therapists advertising acupuncture or “dry needling” however this is based on trigger point therapy – not AOM principles or theories we’ve showcased in the Jolt Files. A dry needle practitioner is looking for a muscle twitch response that requires greater stimulation and needle depth which carries a higher risk of injury. If you want to experience what we’ve discussed in the Jolt Files, book in to see a fully trained traditional acupuncturist today.
15. How Can Causing Bruising Make You Feel Better?14/07/2015
Ever wondered what those large purple round circles you see people with on their back? It’s an AOM technique called cupping. Where jars or ‘cups’ are applied with either a pump or igniting a flame to create negative pressure which causes a vacuum so they suction onto the skin. Cupping works by breaking up stagnation and drawing blood to blocked areas. Another technique is Gua Sha, or scraping which, according to folk lore, was primarily used by non-acupuncturists to get “Qi flowing” using household implements such as rice spoons. Cupping and Gua Sha can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and moxibustion, or used as an alternative to acupuncture needles such as working with children.
14. The Wrong Way and The Right Way to Use Heat07/07/2015
Are you aware that trained acupuncturists offer a range of other techniques? Moxibustion uses thermal heat sources to stimulate points and areas of the body. Contrary to contemporary approaches to use ice or cold therapy to inhibit inflammation, AOM uses heat to promote the circulation of blood and Qi to areas that are blocked or affected by trauma. In addition to injury recovery, AOM heat therapy/ moxa can be applied to boost the immune system. In this episode we take you through how moxa works, what conditions moxa is not good for and provide examples of times when moxa is used instead of acupuncture.
13. Discover the Flow of Energy in Every 24 Hour Cycle30/06/2015
The hourly organ clock provides a framework for understanding the flow of energy through a 24 hour cycle. It has to do with the 12 main energy systems in the body, that relate to the primary organs. Energy flows through each of the 12 organs over a two hour period throughout the day. Whenever we see symptoms occurring at regular times, we can consult with the hourly organ clock to see the correlation with the organs. This information helps a trained acupuncturist to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan specific to your needs.
12. Don’t Make the Mistake of Thinking That Your Emotions Are Not Important23/06/2015
Our emotional or mental health is often overlooked in western medicine, which focuses more on physical health. Emotions can be a powerful force of health and healing and play an important role in all aspects of health. Based on the five element system, there are five main emotions; fear, anger, joy, sadness and melancholy. We are all born with a tendency to one of these emotions and life events and circumstances will cause the rise and fall of different emotions, which can cause physical blockages or imbalances in the associated organs.
11. The 6 External Causes of Disease16/06/2015
Disease is understood as external, internal and inherited or congenital - what you’re born with. External causes are attributed to the five element environmental factors: wind, cold, damp, dryness and heat/ summer heat. Internal causes are related to food and diet – with Chinese Medicine seeing all foods as fitting within the five element theory of flavours; sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. So a food craving is an important diagnostic tool to an acupuncturist. The “congenital causes of disease” can be understood as your genetic make-up or the constitutional energy you inherited from your parents at conception. While you can’t alter this, good diet, moderate exercise and healthy living can help you to make the most of what you were born with.
9. Discover Why the 4 Seasons Change How you Feel09/06/2015
In AOM theory, the same yin and yang forces of nature that are seen in the four seasons, influence the body. Yin is attributed to night time, cold temperature and contracting energy so therefore yin time of year is when there are long nights and short days, as in Autumn and Winter. Yang is the opposite, being daytime, hot temperature and expanding energy that we experience in Spring and Summer. Good health is when the body is in perfect balance, however illness and disease occurs when there is too much or not enough heat, cold, dryness, moisture and circulation.
10. 5 Simple Ways to Understand Everything in Nature09/06/2015
One of the greatest accomplishments of the ancient Chinese was to understand the five phases or cycles within nature and the body. Sometimes known as the five elements, the phases are attributed to wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Accompanying these are organs, senses, emotions, foods, colours and other manifestations that help a trained acupuncturist to tie signs and symptoms together. For this reason, things you may experience that seem unrelated are all interlinked and can be helpful for an acupuncturist to understand how best to treat your condition.
8. Ridiculously Simple Way to Understand What is Going on When You Feel Terrific01/06/2015
The ancient Chinese, who are credited for founding AOM, focused on the functional ability not the physical make up of the body. For this reason they didn’t look at the organs of the body individually, instead the body was viewed as a whole functioning system – based on the principle of Yin/Yang dynamics. In AOM theory, the primary function of the body is to consume food, air and water and convert it into energy – and efficiently expel the by-products of this refinery process. By understanding the interplay of all of the functioning yin and yang organs, a trained acupuncturist puts together signs and symptoms to ascertain what organs may be involved, and chooses acupuncture points and provides diet and lifestyle advice accordingly.
7. Restore Your Balance Quickly And Easily By Unblocking Qi Flow12/05/2015
You may be wondering how does the concept of Qi apply to the human body? According to AOM, Qi circulates through the body in pathways called meridians or channels. The role of an Acupuncturist is to smooth and adjust the transportation of Qi through these pathways. Qi flows in channels like water in a large irrigations system, so by needling certain points, an acupuncturist works to make sure there are no blockages along the irrigation system. We talk you through the process a qualified acupuncturist uses to locate points given people have such different shapes and sizes. And discuss how big is an acupuncture point – answering the questions you might be curious about: How does an acupuncturist locate such a small point? How many acupuncture points are there? How many points would you expect to be needled in an average acupuncture session?
6. The Ultimate way to Understand Energy and Secrets to Feeling Great30/04/2015
Qi – ‘energy’ or ‘life force’ is a founding principle of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There is no precedent for the concept of Qi in western culture and the explanation of Qi is elusive as the concept pre-dates the original Chinese Medicine texts. Qi translates closely to “vitalism”. It is not a ‘thing’ it is a force of nature – like gravity. We take you through all four seasons which have their own Qi or vibrancy. Spring and Summer are the ‘yang’ seasons with Winter and Autumn/Fall being the ‘yin’ seasons. Put simply, Qi can be understood by the same principles of physics, like matter, it cannot be created or destroyed.
5. Do You Recognize These Early Warning Signs of Being out o...24/04/2015
Acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) is underpinned by different models of understanding health. The fundamental principle of AOM is the concept of Yin and Yang: a dynamic balance in nature. Within the body, everything has two (yin and yang) functions, for example respiration: breathing in (inhalation = yin) and breathing out (exhalation = yang). The body is designed to keep a natural balance to function at its best and complications arise when things get out of balance. For example too hot (yang), or too cold (yin); too dry (yang) or too moist (yin); too strong (yang) too weak (yin). These different imbalances will affect different organs and areas of the body – and may also affect people differently. A qualified acupuncturist is trained to understand yin yang imbalance and has the technical ability to resolve these imbalances through acupuncture and specific health and lifestyle advice to help you achieve your optimum balance and feel your best.
4. Your Health Revealed in 4 Simple Steps24/04/2015
We reveal the ancient secrets behind the process of diagnosis that an acupuncturist uses: looking, listening, asking and feeling. Did you know that an acupuncturist can tell what is going on in your body just by looking at your tongue? We take you through a description of different things you might see on the tongue - for example a red tip of the tongue indicates insomnia. Tongue diagnosis, plus feeling your pulse on both left and right side of your wrists, gives your acupuncturist a picture of what’s going on in your body and helps them choose what points to use. We reveal this complex diagnostic system for you.
3. Guaranteed to Help you De-stress24/04/2015
A step by step explanation of what will happen at your first acupuncture consultation. By understanding why your practitioner is taking a full medical history you’ll benefit more from your first acupuncture treatment and your practitioner will be able to give diet and lifestyle advice specific to your needs. We answer two important questions: what conditions is acupuncture good for? And what can’t it treat? We explore the nature of different conditions and discuss the difference between acute and chronic, and at what point you should consider acupuncture. Because acupuncture gives your natural healing systems a boost, it speeds up recovery time (for example in wound healing). Not only does it help the body heal faster – acupuncture also provides stress relief, improves sleep, regulates elimination patterns and improves general health.
2. Amazing Results in as Little as 3 Session...24/04/2015
Join thousands of others in learning more about how acupuncture works. We reveal what is good course of acupuncture treatment and answer your question: does it work for everybody? We go into what to expect from treatment and how will you know if acupuncture is working so that you can make a good choice to see a qualified acupuncturist today.
1. Discover Why this Ancient Technique is Now Used in Unexpecte...24/04/2015
Discover why acupuncture is everywhere. It’s being used in battle field, fertility clinics and veterinary medicine treating anything from racehorses to your pet dog or cat. But there is confusion about how it could be useful for so many things? Discover the ancient secrets about far east Asian medicine which is an advanced and sophisticated form of natural therapy, using the body’s natural resources to restore balance. Unlike modern medicine, which tries to fix the body like a mechanic fixing a machine. Acupuncture is about establishing a balance between the two opposing and complementary forces in nature: yin and yang. Learn how the complex system of acupuncture and oriental medicine looks at the interconnections between everything in our bodies.