Balancing Treatments Pt 2
By mingmengv4, May 25 2015 07:13AM
PK: How do you select which system is to be used?
RT: In the first instance, I decide according to the person and their presenting symptoms; and what method may have been tried previously, either by me or by another clinician, I also look at how much time is available. Some people may be needle phobic or the problem may not need Acupuncture; for example, if a patient has back pain and TCM Acupuncture doesn't help, I'll try Balance Acupuncture, or the metacarpal bone acupuncture system, or Meridian Massage may be more appropriate. If Balance Acupuncture is used I can then ask the patient walk around the treatment room with the needles in their arm or hand. The patient feels a reduction in pain so we can both see what works, I have to point out at this point that we are not looking at instantaneous elimination of the presenting issue, but a perceptible reduction in pain. Patients like this as they can see the results directly.
PK: Why do you think acupuncturists practice the way they do?
RT: Acupuncturists practice what they know. There are many acupuncture systems from different nations. Many acupuncturists practice a combination of systems that they have learned over time as they have developed as practitioners. There are many methods of treating with acupuncture most have sound results with robust theories underpinning them, some are rather less robust. As a practitioner knowing the basics of Chinese medicine allows one to distinguish the reputable from the less reliable. A person needs to judge by its clinical results. One has to remember that knowledge should guide you and that application rules over procedure. It seems that many acupuncturists insert needles as taught out of a book, but don't always know the concept behind why the needles are being inserted. A practitioner can follow this text book formula, but what happens when it doesn't work? By continually questioning ones abilities and striving to develop as a practitioner, one develops a range of tools which allows more options for success. Patients are also reassured by a practitioner who is always learning and who is willing to develop.
PK: What does this mean for acupuncturists in the UK and their patients?
RT: Patients are not necessarily treated by an expert, but by possibly a theorist, who can regurgitate texts but does not know how to apply the concepts, or by a new practitioner with little clinical experience or by a mediocre practitioner. In the end, the profession will develop a bad reputation as being ineffectual. Practitioners should have a deep yearning to be the best. The Chinese use a spiral curriculum, where one starts at the beginning of a thing and deepen their knowledge in the subject; once they have a certain amount of understanding they retrace their steps going over theories again. The advantage of learning in this way is that once you retrace your steps one views the information with experience allowing the information to have more meaning than before! In this way research, study, learning and practice become a way of life. One owes it to oneself and ones patients to be the best that one can! Attend lectures and seminars; read books and case studies; listen to webcasts; apprentice yourself with great practitioners; have mentors and role models; and research as much as you can. Then apply it in the clinic. This way, the level of acupuncture will improve, and we'll grow. The better your results with patients, the more they refer, and the more your practice grows.