There are several different styles of acupuncture alongside classical acupuncture, all of which to some degree share a common root, yet are distinct and diverse in their diagnostic and treatment emphasis.
The main styles of acupuncture that you may have heard of might include TCM, Five Element Acupuncture, Stems and Branches Acupuncture, Japanese Meridian Therapy, Trigger-Point Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture.
Introduction of ‘TCM’
Although sharing many similarities, Classical Acupuncture is not quite the same as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a relatively modern although slightly misleading term established by the Chinese government.
This was due to commissioning the development of a uniform system of diagnosis and treatment which was to some degree informed by modern medical practices. As a result, a system of diagnosis and treatment was developed using ‘pattern identification’ methods based on ancient techniques.
In this way, it could be considered a type of ‘fusion’ of old and new. In 1952, the president of the Chinese Medical Association expressed this as being ‘China’s New Medicine’.