Isn’t it funny how a simple comment type question, sets the ball rolling on a topic!
A client recently asked should he keep quiet during treatment, when he actually enjoys a natter?
Personally I love it when clients have a chillax or snooze or indeed fall asleep. It just indicates that they have relaxed into the treatment. I don’t think either chattering or being quiet impacts on the healing process itself and normally let clients guide the way.
Here’s the thing, acupuncture works. The needles are connecting with Qi internally. We know and accept that blood flows in blood vessels. Qi is thought to flow around these vessels in channels. The acupuncture points we use are like gates or access areas on the Channels. Trawling through the literature I haven’t found it mentioned that quietness on the client’s part is needed for this process.
The majority of practitioners I know all treat clients in a warm, clean, safe, quiet and relaxed environment. However, the level of opulence of each clinic varies from plain functional and adequate right up to tip top spa quality rooms. Whilst the latter is definitely iciing on the cake for the client and no doubt the practitioner too, it does not actually enhance the effect of the medicine.
World Medicine is a charitable, non-religious organisation which takes complementary medicine including acupuncture to war torn, or weather torn disaster areas. They set up basic sites and with the help of translators deliver acupuncture care to those that need it with great results. Amazingly they manage to do this without the sweet smelling candles, soft lighting and calming music. If you would like to know more about the awesome work they do have a read here.
An acupuncture clinic in China might look like this
busy and chaotic. A basic room with lots of folk and practitioners yet diagnosis and treatments are still being done. Communal clinics are the norm in Chinese hospitals. From what I have heard from colleagues it is not all hush hush in these clinics and yes healing still occurs.
How fortunate that this wonderful medicine knows no boundaries. Acupuncture works if the diagnosis is correct and the acupuncture points are located and needled correctly. Perhaps it is best not to judge a medicine by it’s clinic!
But I must confess, here at Essex Acupuncture Room we are of the nice smelling candle burning brigade. Whilst it may not aid treatment it certainly perks up the senses, a little treat for the nose we think.