Five Ways Star Wars Teaches Acupuncture Theory

Written by Albert W. Stern, posted with permission. 

George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, was greatly influenced by Eastern Philosophy and culture. Many basic tenets of acupuncture can be seen in these movies. Each item below is a saying from a core acupuncture text paired with a famous statement from the Star Wars movies.

1. "Where Qi Gathers There is Life"

Obi-wan Kenobi states that the Force is the energy of all living things. Like the Force, in traditional acupuncture it is stated, "where Qi gathers there is life." This fact is true in our bodies, on our planet, and in a galaxy far, far way. 

2. “Yin and Yang Struggle to Control Each Other.”

Health depends on a balance of Yin (the cool, passive aspects) and Yang (the warm, active aspects) of the body. One cannot exist without the other. Just like the Light and Dark sides of the Force - the two are always struggling against each other. Yoda states, "There is always two. No more. No Less."

3.  "Mental Irritation Leads to Dysfunction of the Free Flow of Qi"

Yoda states, "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." In acupuncture anger, frustration, and fear damage the flow of Qi. The damaged flow of Qi creates poor health and spirit. Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars, show us Anakin Skywalker succumbing rather dramatically to this very fact. 

4. "Quieting the Spirit Nourishes the Qi."

Yoda and Obi-wan Kenobi teach Luke the importance of a still and quiet mind. Throughout acupuncture, it is stated that a quiet spirit nourishes the Qi.

5.  "Essence is the Root of the Body"

At the heart of both the Force and acupuncture is the notion that we are all more than our physical bodies. Yoda states we are "Luminous Beings". Acupuncture states at our root is "Essence."

Keep an eye out for more acupuncture lessons in the new movie, The Force Awakens! 

May the Force be with you! 
Albert W. Stern


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Sources: All images and quotes are trademarked by Lucas film Ltd. Acupuncture quotes are derived from Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Revised Edition and Statements of Fact in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Article was originally posted on Albert W. Stern's Blog