Japanese Acupuncture is based
on the same approach as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some of the points are
a little altered. Otherwise, the theory is basically the same. The difference is
that in Japanese Acupuncture we use a “root treatment”. To develop a root treatment I look
at symptoms, feel the person’s pulse and do abdominal palpation. The use of abdominal
palpation is one of the main differences. From these I get an overall sense of the chi
in the body. With root treatments there are certain patterns that we find.
What I like about Japanese Acupuncture is its simple
and elegant approach. It is simple, yet very powerful in its ability to affect healing.
I also like to use Japanese Acupuncture with people who are afraid of needles.
In general, Japanese Acupuncture tends to use fewer needles than Traditional Chinese
Medicine. For people who have some fear of needles Japanese Acupuncture is a
good first approach. And Japanese style needles tend to be even thinner than Chinese style needles.
David: Beth Ann, I think people, especially individuals
who are new to acupuncture, wonder how someone decides to become an acupuncturist. Can
you tell us how you first became acquainted with acupuncture?
Beth Ann: I first became interested in acupuncture
after being a patient myself. I was suffering from work-related stress. The first
treatment was effective and transformative. I became fascinated. I began reading
up on it. I asked my acupuncturist all sorts of questions. I never thought I’d become an
acupuncturist, but I had a natural curiosity about it.
Then I started reading everything I could about
alternative health care and wellness. Actually, like lots of people before I began to
experience acupuncture’s effectiveness, I was skeptical: “Is this really going to work?”
Even today as a practitioner, while I am no longer
skeptical – I know it works – I still have that same sense of curiosity and amazement
about how it works.
David: You used the word “transformative,” can you
say a little more about that?
Beth Ann: As I said, I was suffering from stress.
It manifested in different ways, none of them pleasant. Finally my doctor indicated that there was no more to do in terms of western medicine.
Rather than prescribing pills he suggested to me that I “try the acupuncturist down the hall.”
I did. I was stressed. My energy was blocked. And it
was strange but I could feel the energy, the chi [or “Qi”] the very first time. “Wow! What is happening?”
I wondered. It was a surreal experience. Something was lifting up and out of me.
I explained my experience to the acupuncturist after the
treatment. She was not surprised by the fact that I experienced what I did. She was surprised
at the way I articulated it.
Thinking back, I have always been in tune with my
own body. And this helps me know what patients are going through.
David: Before you became an acupuncturist you
worked in the field of education for ten years...
Beth Ann: Yes, my first Master’s degree was in education.
I worked primarily developing educational programs for museums. With
acupuncture, I’m educating people about their body and health. And I’m
empowering them. I’m using my training in the field of education as well as
my acupuncture training.
I get energized by patients who want to be in a reciprocal relationship. I hope that I
can help show someone how to be healthy. One of the keys to acupuncture is to find the patterns
of disease and to treat them using acupuncture techniques. At the same time part of the work
is to help individual see the patterns in their lives that are leading them towards health problems
and to try to shift those patterns. That's where my education background may be
David: Thank you, Beth Ann.
There is more to this interview and we will post it on the website or
in an email newsletter. For now, we want to say how pleased we are that Beth Ann is
joining Gentle Currents.
Open for Appointments
So... If you are considering
acupuncture or know someone who is, call the office (603-436-6883) to
schedule an appointment with Beth Ann. If you or someone you know is
interested in Japanese-style acupuncture, call her at Gentle Currents.
She has appointment times available during the day and in the evening -- though call early for evening
appointments, as they tend to book quickly. And, like Lisa, Beth Ann is glad to talk
with you about any concerns or questions you may have about acupuncture.