The most common question that people ask me is,
“Will you tell me what this Acupuncture thing is all about?”.
I used to begin by explaining Yin and Yang, the 5 Elements and Chinese Medicine theory. Some people will tell me they don't understand it. And some people wont tell me they don't understand it, they just nod.
It is a challenge to put Acupuncture Theory into a context that people will understand. For context most of us need something familiar when we are trying to understand anything that is new.
I was having this conversation recently in clinic. The patient was nodding helpfully. I wasn't convinced they understood. So I said to my patient,
“Basically my energy,
Talks to your energy”.
His eyes lit up. He laughed and replied
“Ah I see,
So you are a bit like the Dog Whisperer,
You are the Energy Whisperer”.
I laughed too, agreeing with him.
This warm hearted anecdote is invaluable. There is a place to begin the story and create the context. It helps to explain, why I place needles in specific locations on the body, which focuses and directs the energy, to relieve pain, to help detox the organs or to boost the immune system.