In April I was scheduled to attend an Advanced Acupuncture seminar in London on the Divergent Channels. The Divergent Channels are not taught in acupuncture schools. I had only heard them referenced a few times and knew nothing about them. What I heard about them, in fringe circles, I was eager to learn. The Divergent Channels treat long standing chronic disorders. Conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, psoriasis were mentioned as treatable. This raised my eyebrows. I’ve gotten really good results with aspects of these conditions, but what colleagues were reporting was a complete remission. With many of my patients having long term chronic conditions, I had to learn it to see if this Advanced Acupuncture stood up to these rather amazing reports. Then Covid hit. Luckily, we opted to have the course via Zoom. Thank goodness for technology! The course was utterly fascinating and it was wonderful being a student again. The only difficult part was that normally, learning is reinforced by using it immediately. And all practices were closed so I couldn’t immediately apply what I had learned in the clinic. However, my 18 year old son was entering into hayfever season and with his constant sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and runny nose, it didn’t take much to convince him to let me have a go at my new learned skill. He was sceptical. He takes reishi mushroom capsules which do help him a bit. And I’ve given him herbs, which also help a bit but he really hates them. Having had these allergies since he was 3 years old, he really wasn’t convinced acupuncture was going to do anything especially as I had given him treatments before. But, he was willing to try anything to avoid another miserable Summer of horrid hayfever. I checked his pulses and they conveyed that a Divergent treatment was indicated. The theory behind the Divergent Channels is that you are asking the body to resolve a latent pathogen that the body is trying to keep away from your organs in order to keep you safe. So the body isn’t failing, it’s doing everything it can to divert a pathogen into any place that isn’t going to access your vital organs. The Divergent Channels offer the pathogen a direction. It’s a suggestion to the body to help it find a safe place for that disease. The needles simply provide directionality for this latent pathogen. Once a safe place is found, the body can be calm and healthy- and focus on what it does best- enjoy life. Treatments are longer than normal (hence why I extended my treatment hours) and each treatment begins with gua sha to signal to the body that action is required. They are beautiful, focused treatments.
After a few treatments, even with me having my notes out during treatment, I was really pleased that my sons signs and symptoms were 90% gone! He would sneeze a bit in the mornings still. Of course, he wanted that gone, too. I think any signs of allergies made him nervous it would just return. So, I checked his pulses and they no longer indicated a Divergent pulse but a more superficial treatment was in order- a Sinew treatment- again, not taught in school but one I learned last year as a part of the entire Advanced Acupuncture concept. So we did the sinew treatment which took all of about 10 minutes. It’s now been 3 weeks and he has had NO signs or symptoms of hayfever. To really test it out, he went camping at a place where he camped last year and was totally miserable. This time, he was fine! No allergies.
I can’t begin to say how excited I am to start treating patients again now that we’ve been cleared to practice. I’ve spent the entire lockdown studying Advanced Acupuncture and am so excited to be able to offer these treatments. This is going to be a game changer.