As indicated in the pictures above, it is intuitive that some tools fit with specific jobs.
As a practitioner, you need to assess your style of needling and challenge yourself to adapt your style to each patient that walks in your door.
For example, is your style similar to an artist who likes big strokes with big brushes or a carpenter who works with 2x4’s? Then, as the pictures above show, you would likely use brush A for painting B and nail A for wood project A. But what if you are given picture A to repair, would you still use brush A? We hope not! You would be surprised by how many practitioners do just that with acupuncture needles. They use the same type of needle on every patient that walks into their clinic.
Each type of needle has certain features that you can match to the patient and their situation. In many schools, students will use only one or two styles of needles, but are not taught that certain needles are more beneficial for some patients. At Eastern Currents, we are trying to change that, because by considering the patient’s body type and condition, you can then choose a needle that best matches your patients’ presentation, thereby enhancing your clinical success.
Please read our next article, the Anatomy of a Needle, to learn more about how you can select the most effective Qi-moving tool for each patient’s body type and unique situation. Back to Main Needle Article