Acupuncture in recent years has become a more widely used form of treatment for a number of ailments. Whilst the term ‘acupuncture’ is now more commonly known in Western culture, what is still unknown is that there are several different acupuncture styles that practitioners are able to specialise in. If you are considering studying acupuncture in hopes of becoming a practitioner it is important you know the different styles.

Classical Acupuncture is the oldest and most widely practiced style of acupuncture; based on Traditional oriental texts on medicine this style draws on ancient Chinese theory. Unlike western medicine, classical acupuncture takes a more holistic approach in that it does not treat one ailment, but the body as a whole. There is a focus on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual.

A style that is very similar to classical acupuncture is Japanese style acupuncture. Its similarities lie in how they both use a very finite amount of small and thin needles with little stimulation. Like other styles of acupuncture the theory centres on the idea of the five elements.

The next style of acupuncture is based on the five elements and how any changes and imbalances in the body correlate with this idea. The seasons change and flow into one another and our bodies are no different in this respect. The idea of the seasons was converted into the elements of nature; wood, earth, fire, water and metal. Each of these correspond to emotions, parts of the body, bodily responses and mental states and these are used to understand which of the elements needs rebalancing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has become more widely used in the west after the Chinese government worked to extract elements from traditional knowledge of medicine and combine it with western medication. This is how the term Traditional Chinese Medicine came about, however, despite its name it is technically a more modern version of Chinese medicine. For more information on our Acupuncture courses, contact Shulan College today.