If you read the article, "Defining Acupuncture," then you already know the definition of stylostixis. The question I want to raise here is, do we do a disservice to our profession by not using a medical term as our title? When we think of medical therapies, what usually comes to most peoples' minds are, allopathic, homeopathics, naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic. Then we have acupuncturists?!
By using a more generic or common term to classify our modality, do we not declassify ourselves from what is perceived by the public as an "authentic medical modality?" Just by the names we use, we put our medical practice in the class of alternative medicine in the public's eyes. We use such terms as Oriental Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or just Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, or a whole host of other less than medical sounding terms. Why?
As a class of health care practitioners, are we insistent on keeping ourselves from being seen by the public as a true standard of "authentic" medical practice? Or is it the case that as a whole, the acupuncture community easily resigned itself to the position of woo woo medical practitioners?
I for one, have found True Acupuncture to be more scientific than any of the "-pathic" medical modalities mentioned above. It is for this reason that I wish our community, as a whole, would strive harder to prove the scientific basis of stylostixis and adhere to more rigid terminology.
Manfred Porkert has attempted to use medical terminology in his writings of Classical Acupuncture, however, most acupuncturist will never look at his books because he used Latin and Greek terminology. It would behoove us all to realize that using medical terminology to clarify and define acupuncture (stylostixis) theories would be a great benefit to all acupuncturists and acupuncture as a whole. It would give all countries a solid and universal foundational terminology on which to discuss this ancient form of medicine.
I like the term stylostixis, although I'm not sure it would be the correct term for our profession. After all there is no "-pathic" on the end of it, and would we say, "I'm a stylostixis medical practitioner" or "I practice stylopathic medicine?" I'm not really sure myself, but do you think it would add credence to our profession in the public's eyes? We all know how people instantly give credibility to those who have an unpronounceable term next to their name.