There are different styles of acupuncture?
There are several different approaches to acupuncture. Among the most common in the United States today are:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based acupuncture — the most commonly practiced in the United States, it bases a diagnosis on eight principles of complementary opposites (yin/yang, internal/external, excess/deficiency, hot/cold).
- French energetic acupuncture — mostly used by MD acupuncturists, it emphasizes meridian patterns, in particular the yin yang pairs of primary meridians.
- Korean hand acupuncture — based on the principle that the hands and feet have concentrations of qi, and that applying acupuncture needles to these areas is effective for the entire body.
- Auricular acupuncture — this technique is widely used in treating addiction disorders. It is based on the idea that the ear is a reflection of the body and that applying acupuncture needles to certain points on the ear affects corresponding organs.
- Myofascially based acupuncture — often practiced by physical therapists, it involves feeling the meridian lines in search of tender points, then applying needles. Tender points indicate areas of abnormal energy flow.
- Japanese styles of acupuncture — sometimes referred to as “meridian therapy,” it emphasizes needling technique and feeling meridians in diagnosis.