What is Classical Acupuncture

Kiyomizu Temple - Classical Acupuncture

CLASSICAL ACUPUNCTURE IS DISTINCT from commonly practiced acupuncture. It is a rare, holistic medical system that encompasses a complete understanding of the development of illness, treats an incredibly wide array of conditions, and a brilliant, specific and detailed theoretical understanding of optimum health.

Classical Acupuncture is acupuncture based on the tenets laid out in the Classical medical texts of the Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), the height of the practice’s development. This Classical methodology was refined during the enlightenment of the Northern Song dynasty (960 – 1279) and it continues to be enhanced by the interpretation of the texts by master practitioners who follow this approach. One of the current masters is the internationally renowned Jeffrey Yuen.

Classical Acupuncture is not to be confused with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as Classical Acupuncture utilizes 62 meridians (energy pathways) while TCM uses 12 meridians (and extends a gesture toward 8 others). Divergent, Luo and Sinew (see below) meridians are omitted from TCM practice entirely.

Classical Acupuncture treatments are comparatively labor intensive and time consuming. Particular attention is paid to the manner of insertion and manipulation of each needle (which differ markedly for each type of meridian), and to the resulting intricate changes to the flow of qi in the meridians. It is this special attention to detail along with diagnoses not limited to pattern simplifications, and the correct choice of meridian, that can elicit remarkable and profound changes in the health of Classical Acupuncture patients.

Who Practices Classical Acupuncture?

Classical Acupuncture which adheres to the Han dynasty texts is practiced:

  • In parts of Asia not influenced by Communism (Classical Acupuncture is no longer practiced in China),
  • In the United States by a select few practitioners with training in non-Communist Asia,
  • By qualified practitioners undertaking extensive additional independent study with a Classical master, and by graduates of the Swedish Institute School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies in New York City.

The Swedish Institute graduates and many of the independent students have studied with the world's foremost transmitter of Classical Chinese Medicine, the renowned Mr Jeffrey Yuen, Taoist doctor and priest; 88th generation of his Taoist lineage: Yu Ching Huang Lao Pai, (Jade Purity School, Yellow Emperor/Lao Tzu sect), and the 26th generation of Chuan Chen Lung Men Pai (Complete Reality School, Dragon Gate Sect).