You have probably heard acupuncture referred to at some point as “alternative medicine.”
The term itself consists of two very offbase implications.
First, it implies that acupuncture is a runnerup or a contingency plan to turn to when
medicine inevitably falls short, or should one choose not to utilize medicine in the first
Second, it implies that acupuncture is a type of medicine, albeit an alternative type.
To set the record straight, acupuncture stands alone in the detection and correction of the
body’s innate healing energies to bring about balance within the body and to maximize its
full expression of life. Acupuncturists are the only healthcare professionals specifically
trained to detect and correct the imbalances in the meridian systems.
Acupuncture is not a specialty of medicine, nor is it an alternative to anything other than
pain and suffering.
The focus of medicine is and always has been primarily on the treatment of symptoms
and disease. Think about it. Most of us were raised to essentially ignore our bodies until
they begin screaming out at us in the form of pain, numbness, indigestion, insomnia,
weakness, fatigue, or any other number of unbearable symptoms. It’s the classic knee-
When we can no longer stand it anymore, we simply take a drug an artificial chemical
substance and swallow it, inject it, rub it on, or drop it in, and hope that the symptom
magically goes away. With that magic comes plenty of side effects and the same
underlying state of ill health that you started with.
Acupuncture, on the other hand, is not concerned with the treatment of symptoms or
disease, but with determining the underlying cause of a particular problem, and restoring
the normal balance with the body’s meridian system, which is often the underlying cause
of outward expressions of sickness.
Life is expressed in the body through the meridian system, and healing is orchestrated
from removing energetic blockages within the body. When meridian system pathways
become kinked or out of balance, they dampen down the quality and quantity of energy
flowing throughout the body. Less flow equals less life.
The logical course of action when confronted with a health challenge should be to support
and enhance the body’s internal balance and let true health and healing run its natural
When you have acupuncture working for you, who needs an alternative?