Unveiling the True Nature of Acupuncture

True Nature of Acupuncture

Unveiling the True Nature of Acupuncture

How Mistranslations Obscured Ancient Wisdom

As an acupuncturist in Jupiter, FL, I often encounter patients from Palm Beach Gardens,  and throughout Palm Beach County who are curious about how acupuncture works. Many have heard that acupuncture involves balancing invisible energy channels called meridians. However, this understanding is based on mistranslations that have obscured the true nature of this ancient healing art.

To understand the real mechanisms behind acupuncture, we must first clarify two essential Chinese terms: Qi and jingluo.

Qi (pronounced “chee”) is often mistranslated as “energy,” when in fact, it refers to “air” or “vital air,” specifically the oxygen distributed throughout the body via the circulatory system.

Jingluo, on the other hand, is the Chinese term for the vascular system, which encompasses the nerves, arteries, and veins responsible for transporting blood and oxygen to every part of the body.

The misconception of acupuncture as an “energetic medicine” can be traced back to the French translator Georges Soulie de Morant, who erroneously replaced the term jingluo with “meridian,” implying the existence of invisible energy channels. This mistranslation, along with the misinterpretation of Qi as “energy,” has led to widespread misunderstandings about the true nature of acupuncture.

Blood Circulation to Maintain Health

In reality, ancient Chinese physicians recognized the crucial role of blood circulation in maintaining health and treating disease long before William Harvey’s discovery of circulation in 1628. They understood that obstructions in blood flow could lead to pain and illness, and that restoring proper circulation could alleviate symptoms. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points along the jingluo (vascular system) to promote the flow of blood and oxygen, thereby supporting the body’s natural healing processes.

Unfortunately, many Western acupuncture schools continue to teach the inaccurate energy/meridian model based on Soulie de Morant’s mistranslations. As a result, some acupuncturists in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and throughout Florida may not fully grasp the anatomical basis of their craft, making it challenging to effectively practice and communicate the benefits of acupuncture to patients.

At our Jupiter acupuncture clinic, we are dedicated to practicing acupuncture as it was originally intended, grounded in a deep understanding of anatomy and circulation. By combining acupuncture with other aspects of Chinese medicine, such as herbology, diet, massage, and exercise, we provide a holistic approach to natural healing that complements Western medicine.

If you’re seeking authentic acupuncture in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, or anywhere in Palm Beach County, we invite you to experience the true power of this ancient healing art.

Contact our clinic today to learn more about how acupuncture can help you achieve optimal health and well-being.


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Dr. Lori Sibbers

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM)
Licensed Palm Beach County Acupuncturist
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