Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points
- ISBN: 9781787752566
- 2020, 304 pages
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With references to traditional Taoist and Chinese texts, as well as influences from the author’s background in psychology and psychotherapy, this book by Lorie Dechar demonstrates how practitioners can work with the spirit of acupuncture points in modern practice.
The concept of ‘kigo’, a Japanese word meaning ‘season word’, is used to understand the seasonal energy of the points and how the body relates to the universal flow. As an understanding of the spirit of the point brings focus and potency to a practitioner’s needling, it also strengthens their ability to touch a patient’s soul and spirit, besides the physical body.
Tying in the macro cosmic connection of the body to the universe with a poetic force that amplifies and deepens the effect of acupuncture, Kigo is the perfect companion not only for acupuncturists, but also for chiropractors and psychotherapists, doctors and nurses, and other practitioners who use the points as part of their clinical work.
‘Mastery can come in many ways. While our left brains are impressed by acupuncture’s ability to quantify specifically defined healing goals and repeat them, its true heart resides in its artistry. Here, the artist, empty even of intention, unleashes a mysterious unseen power, and healing happens. Few are those like Lorie Dechar who can spontaneously harness this therapeutic power.’
- Randine Lewis, Ph.D., L.Ac., FABORM, Author of The Infertility Cure and The Way of the Fertile Soul
‘In Kigo, Lorie Dechar gifts us her poetic vision of the spirit of Chinese medicine. Nature and spirit are ravelled through this beautiful work and Lorie is our perceptive guide through the seasons. She unfolds the Chinese characters to pluck wisdom from their embedded symbols, inspiring practitioners to draw on their own inner resources to match the majesty of the points.’
- John Kirkwood, author of The Way of the Five Elements and The Way of the Five Seasons
‘Lorie Dechar draws on an impressively wide range of Chinese and other sources to bring the ‘spirit’ of many acupuncture points to life. She also relies on her years of experience as a practitioner to reveal how points can be used to bring about a profound change in a person’s spirit.’
- Peter Mole, M.A. Lic.Ac, M.B.AC.C. , Dean of College if Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, UK, co-author of Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture
‘Both practical and magical, this book is a beautiful addition to the pantheon of commentaries on acupuncture. With gentle poetry and deep experience, Lorie brings alive the healing that happens in each of us whether we are giving or receiving acupuncture. Just open and read any page as a salve for the spirit or pithy instructions that will be just right.’
- Josephine K. Spilka, M.S. L.Ac
‘Rarely, and only if we are lucky, we find ourselves in the presence of a human being who truly changes our life, and maybe even our perception of life. That happened in 2010 when I found myself, accidentally, in a three day workshop with Lorie Dechar. This book is the culmination of years of inspirational work, setting out new possibilities, so enjoy every word, as her heart just might be speaking directly to yours….’
- Jen Wade, Joint Principal, The Acupuncture Academy
‘Kigo brings to life the wisdom, spirit and poetry embedded in the names of the acupuncture points. This book will be of value for practitioners of Chinese medicine, Qigong and other healing modalities that recognize the movement of Qi through the meridians of the body. Lorelei Cheng’s original calligraphy adds to the beauty and magic of the text.’
- Robert Peng, Author of The MASTER KEY, Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom