With origins that go further back than 1600 BC, acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world, and it is used today by a large percentage of the world’s population as a primary care system. The practice is based on ancient Chinese observations of the movement of life, many of which happen to correspond nicely with twenty-first century theories about quantum physics and natural laws.
The practice of acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body, which is said to rebalance the living energy – or “qi” (a Chinese word pronounced “chee”) – and affect the whole organism in the desired way. Most needles are inserted only a fraction of an inch. Each treatment uses different sets of points as we home in on the base constitution of the patient (what makes you tick) and the root causes of the symptoms.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture for treating more than 40 conditions, including addictions, allergies, depression, digestive disorders, headaches, menstrual disorders, sleeping problems, pain, and stress. Along with these physical and mental issues, the system of traditional acupuncture I practice (as taught by the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD, now renamed the Maryland University of Integrative Health) is widely recognized as treating the spirit, which can also be interpreted as deep emotional energies and motivations.
Acupuncture is a powerful medicine that can deliver results that complement or even surpass those of other disciplines. Real healing, however, is not just about making your symptoms go away; it is about empowering you to understand where they came from in the first place and what they can teach you about living well. No medicine – Eastern or Western – is as powerful as that awareness.
Being in treatment with Dr. David Buscher, D.Ac. is a partnership focused on helping you achieve the full expression of your life, moving past the physical, mental, and spiritual (or deep emotional) challenges that may have previously prevented you from getting to the next level. And it is also – and this is not contradictory – about relaxing and savoring the perfection of being exactly where you are in this moment, without the stresses and upsets of the world on your shoulders.