To revolutionise the practice of acupuncture by integrating its application with a modern approach in order to make it more accessible to the Western medical community and the world at large. We aim to do this by directly educating practitioners about the application of acupuncture based on the current scientific model of anatomy and physiology as well as evidence-based research. Our modes of delivery are online courses, articles, videos and podcasts.
There is at present a disconnection in the greater acupuncture community with regard to the contemporary scientific understanding of the human body. The application of healthcare ought to be holistic, yet how can we seek to provide this through acupuncture when the very foundations of our understanding of it is based on a dichotomy of conflicting thoughts from two sides of the story? One ancient and one modern. One Eastern and one Western that, try as we might to find parallel examples, do not consistently coincide. While as a collective community we marvel at the results of modern research when it supports the efficacy of acupuncture, some of us can be quick to admonish it when it attempts to debunk the theory of Qi and the meridians.
The world is changing. Acupuncture is also changing yet the paradigm from which it arises remains relatively constant. Through FIMIA, we wish to offer a new perspective on acupuncture and approach to practice that is congruent with the modern model of human anatomy and physiology. We do not propose that the Western medical paradigm has all of the answers, yet with extensive study of the body through dissection and research, the Western approach to medicine provides a reliable and comprehensive understanding of the body's anatomy and physiology.
Many acupuncturists will admit that the TCM theories of Zang Fu, Wu Xing, 6 Divisions or 8 Principles etc., theories that can on occasions contradict each other, are concepts that are merely superimposed over the true anatomy and physiology of the body. Pathologies are diagnosed from a TCM perspective and then transposed into a Western equivalent to make it palatable for patients and other modalities of medicine. But what if the fact that acupuncture works has nothing to do with Qi or the poetic perspectives of its physiology? What if, despite numerous attempts to establish a physiological basis for the meridians, they cannot be found because they simply are not there? And what if, with such a great focus on ancient approaches to diagnosis, we are missing the full extent of the benefits of a contemporary understanding of the body? These questions may be confronting for many acupuncture practitioners, but we believe it is crucial for them to be asked. FIMIA seeks to inspire its followers to always question what we are being told for this is the only way we will award ourselves with the truth.
We know that acupuncture in its most basic application does work, or else it would not be incorporated by so many different modalities in the form of medical acupuncture and dry needling. Yet as soon as the stigma of Qi, meridians and organ spirits are attached to it, people are quick to turn their heads and discount the practice entirely. Western medicine has yet to fully embrace the idea that intention and consciousness directly influence overall health and wellbeing, yet by the same token, acupuncture based solely on the TCM paradigm may be limiting the development of its own acceptance due to a lack of integration of the biomedical model.
We at FIMIA believe in the implementation of a perspective of acupuncture based on the current scientific model of anatomy and physiology and not just Qi and the meridians. The very ethos of TCM revolves around the notion that stagnation leads to disease, yet as acupuncturists, are we not doing the very same thing to our practice by strictly adhering to old ways of viewing the body? Acupuncture holds the potential to help so many people yet its ties to ancient philosophy, profound though it may be, could be the very thing that is hindering its growth and acceptance by the greater medical community and the public at large. In a modern world that is heading for the future, we need a modern version of acupuncture that is not held back by the past.
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