Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, French, German and even American styles of acupuncture are common. Under those broad headings, individual styles include: Five Element, Meridian Therapy, Traditional Chinese medicine and Classical Chinese medicine just to name a few. Then there are the myriad of systems based on and named after famous practitioners like: Kiiko Matsumoto style, Tung style, Tan style and Worsley style. When we add in the preferences each individual practitioner has when studying and implementing these styles it is easy to see just how varied the offerings of acupuncture really are.
There are no “right” or “wrong” styles, only good and better practitioners and just like with cuisine, the goal is to give the customer exactly the type of experience they are looking for, namely relief from their symptoms. Clinical results are always the best measure of whether a particular style is being performed appropriately.
Coming next week: How to tell if an acupuncturist is any good
Have a great week! :)