Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China that treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. Acupuncture, according to traditional Chinese medicine, helps stimulate these points and can correct the flow of “qi” (life energy, life-force, or energy flow) through channels known as meridians (paths through which the life-energy known as "qi" flows.)
Acupuncture in our Tibetan society is not so popular; many people have heard of it but never actually experienced it. So when we received an offer from Amelie de Mahy to perform acupuncture in our community we didn’t hesitate to accept her generous offer, after thoroughly checking her background.
Amelie de Mahy is an American Acupuncturist who has spent the last two years studying Chinese medicine in Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s “Academy of Oriental Medicine”.
We were happy to announce to our regular students and to the general public this new opportunity to experience acupuncture treatment. We also told them that acupuncture will help with headaches, stress, respiratory ailments, digestive problems and issues of the nervous system. With this announcement quite a lot people showed up and we had a waiting list of 35 people, but unfortunately our acupuncturist had limited time (only three days) with only one room and two beds. Despite these constraints, she was highly punctual and worked tirelessly.
She treated a total of 27 people, and everyone reported that they had good experiences. While some said acupuncture didn’t make any difference to them, overall no bad experiences were reported.
Out of 27 people, the majority of Tibetans were facing digestive problems. Amelie advised them that this is because of consuming raw or undercooked vegetables, stress, consuming lots of fats and non-vegetarian foods. There were many others who had bad knee, back, and joint problems, but she couldn’t prescribe them any medicine because she studied Chinese medicine, and we have our Tibetan herbal medicine.
At the end, I am glad that no-one felt bad and or had complaints after this treatment; I appreciate Amelie who initiated this free acupuncture treatment and gave a good experience of acupuncture to many Tibetans.