by Sam Pierceall
Ever heard someone try to play a guitar that’s out of tune? No matter what chord the musician plays, it simply sounds off. The harmony that exists in precisely tuned instruments comes from the balance within each string; too loose and the string will not resonate, too tight and it will snap. But if each string is tuned exactly to where it needs to be, in that happy medium of too tight and too slack, the resulting sound is rich and harmonious.
With excessive use and a lack of maintenance, the guitar will slowly shift out of tune. Even when left alone the result is the same, and balance is eventually lost.
Our bodies are much like guitars in this instance, and, interestingly enough, one of the most commonly used diagnostic tools for acupuncturists is feeling the pulses, checking to see if they feel tight, loose, empty, full, and so on. According to Chinese medicine, feeling the pulse at different positions along the right and left wrists gives the practitioner a glimpse of what is going on in the body. When the acupuncturist is feeling your pulses, he/she is searching for subtle variations – imbalances – between these different positions and their corresponding organ systems.
Combined with the intake and assessing other diagnostic clues, the goal of acupuncture is to help the body heal itself by bringing it back into balance. If you have received acupuncture before, you may have noticed the acupuncturist check your pulses during or after your treatment – this is the practitioner checking to see how you are responding to the treatment, and to see if any adjustments should be made.
With proper self care, balance is possible, even in this day and age; it’s simply a matter of finding what works best for you. Should you decide to make acupuncture a part of your personal wellness practice, we would be more than happy to see you.
Sam Pierceall’s path to acupuncture began as a humble offshoot while studying organic farming when he developed a deep interest in herbal medicine and the healing properties contained within plants. After successfully completing a three year certificate course in herbal medicine offered at Sacred Plant Traditions in 2011, Sam’s devotion to holistic modalities deepened further. In researching and discovering what was possible through acupuncture, he knew that it was something that held great promise and that he needed to learn more. After three years of school and one year of clinical internship, Sam graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC in 2016. Sam enjoys sharing the benefits of this ancient medicine with those in his community, and helping clients find their own personal path to health and wellness.