The Moving Leaf

One of my favorite acupuncture teachers talks about the fact that acupuncture and traditional Western Medicine are not so different. It’s one reason his lessons are so fascinating. There are two ways to look at a problem

If there is a leaf moving in the wind, we can see the leaf moving. We wonder what does it. We know it’s the wind, even if we can’t see the wind or touch the wind. Still, we know it is the wind.

This is like disease. We can treat it like we would treat the leaf that we can see and touch. This is what we do in Western medicine. We look. We take images. We test blood.

In acupuncture, we check the energetics. We know the wind must move the leaf and there is a problem. So we work with the wind. We listen to the symptoms and to the pluses. We look at our patient. We see the whole picture and we start working with it.

Both medicines are one medicine. Both can help the patient. There should be no competition or misunderstanding between practitioners of each medicine. We each do our part to help the patient heal.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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