Healing, first of all, is a natural process; human beings, like other creatures, have built in healing mechanisms to cope with things like injury and infection. Of course these mechanisms will not always be adequate, which is why there are things like drugs, surgery, acupuncture, herbal medicine and a hundred other forms of treatement, but it is surely better to allow our natural recovery systems to sort us out if possible.
With some health issues, therefore, the best treatment may be a ‘wait and see’ approach, giving the body the chance to heal itself naturally. Or perhaps just a light touch intervention, some gentle acupuncture or even just a few days rest, may be enough to facilitate healing. Stronger and more drastic interventions are of course sometime necessary, but you want to make sure you are not using a sledgehammer to crack a nut; usually it is not only the nut that gets cracked.
‘Healing Energy’ refers, a bit poetically, to the individual’s ability to heal themselves in this way. Healing Energy Acupuncture is then acupuncture which promotes and stimulates the patient’s own healing mechanisms. This is an important point, to see medical interventions as supporting the body, the person, encouraging them to get better; something to give Mother Nature a helping hand, a gentle nudge.
Sometimes, with all our technological wizardry, we can over-estimate our own ability and lose respect for nature. This is akin to what the ancient Greeks called hubris, a foolish arrogance which leads to trouble, like Icarus in Greek myth who flew too high on wings made of feathers and wax, and crashed to earth as the sun melted the wax. If you want to promote healing, you need to get nature on your side. The poet W.H Auden reported that his father, a physician, used to say that “healing was not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature”.
Healing Energy also corresponds, again rather poetically, to the Chinese idea of Qi, which is central to traditional acupuncture. (Qi is sometimes translated as ‘energy’, although this is not a very adequate rendering. Qi at any rate is something that flows through the individual and is central to all the processes which make up life. Take a look here for more on Qi).
More specifically, Healing Energy corresponds to ‘Zheng Qi’, which means ’upright Qi’, the Qi which wards off illness and maintains the indivual’s health and integrity. One of the ways traditional acupuncture works is by strengthening the Zheng Qi and facilitating its circulation.