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Ashi Acupuncture with Eric Schanke L.Ac.

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“For certain acupuncture techniques the bodyCushion™ is helpful, for others it is essential.” -Eric Schanke L.Ac.

Eric Schanke's upcoming book Ashi Acupuncture: Advanced Deep Needling Techniques is a practical guide to needling the most commonly used areas for the treatment of pain. Lavishly illustrated with detailed photos and drawings, this book represents the trend away from “meridian” style to a more anatomical based system of acupuncture.


Eric uses the slogan Medical not Mystical® to differentiate ashi acupuncture from the commonly practiced “meridian” acupuncture. Ashi acupuncture is anatomically based and conforms to modern and ancient understandings of physiology. It is medical. Meridian acupuncture is based on the belief of a mystical energetic system in the body called “Qi." It is mystical. Even though Eric believes that meridian acupuncture is effective, he also believes that many Chinese medical concepts are in accordance with the modern understanding of physiology and anatomy, and ashi acupuncture is firmly rooted in this understanding.


While it may be hard to prove the existence of "Qi," there is no doubt that muscles get painful knots and that ancient Chinese medicine described them and used acupuncture to treat them. Eric notes that trigger point injection is basically a reinvention of ashi acupuncture by medical doctors in the 1950s. Trigger point injection injects medicine (an anesthetic or other substance) into a trigger point or tender focal area of tension within a muscle, while ashi acupuncture pierces the trigger point with a dry needle.

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