(NAJOM Vol 18 No 53, Nov 2011)
Personally I find it quite interesting to consider what it meant by the phrase the ‘art of acupuncture’ or the ‘art of medicine’. Is it at all possible for there to be an art to medicine or even is it morally right that there should be an ‘art’ for if this were to be true, that an art form (albeit a medical one) can affect the health of an individual then the logical implication is that we, as people, are canvasses of sorts even that life itself is an art form. Life likened to art, certainly there is an art to living well but how can the application of an art, techniques performed by an outside party, affect another’s living, breathing, physical form. This kind of thinking is a long way from traditional western scientific thought, but should be explored for its own sake.