Oriental Medicine – Traditional Chinese Medicine – Introduction to acupuncture. Principles and Effects of acupuncture – Needles and how to use them.

Acupuncture - The ankle and foot

Pain in this area can be treated quite well by needling the periosteum, for example over the lower end of the tibia and over the navicular. Pain in the heel, often ascribed (I think wrongly) to heel spurs can sometimes be helped by local periosteal…

Acupuncture - The shoulder

Needling sites: - Coracoid process (Lung 1) - Groove of long head of biceps - Supraspinatus tendon (sst) - "Hansen 1" (2-3 cm below med. third of spine of scapula. - "Hansen 2" (infraglenoid tubercle) - TPs in anterior or posterior axillary…

Trigger points and acupuncture

Trigger points (TPs) are zones in muscles and sometimes in other tissues that are tender when pressed and which may give rise to referred pain and other remote effects. The earliest recorded research on the referral of muscle pain was was carried…

TENS for pain relief

Although transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is not strictly speaking acupuncture, there is a good deal of overlapping with acupuncture and probably some common ground in the ways they work. TENS is primarily used for the relief…

Acupuncture goes mainstream

It can quell nausea, fight off headaches, and help you quit smoking. What's more, it's relatively inexpensive, painless, andvirtually free of side effects. If you didn't know better, you might dismiss these claims as nothing more than hype heralding…

Acupuncture - Medial thigh area

Indication: - pain in knee, especially in young patients. Posterior thigh area (hamstrings) Radiation: - forwards, to lower part of quadriceps Indication: - pain at or just above knee.

Can acupuncture reverse pathology?

We sometimes hear claims that it can do this. However, there is certainly no hard evidence that it can, and I think it is safer to regard it as merely a symptomatic treatment. This may seem a rather negative and unexciting conclusion, but we…

Types of needles

Various types are available, but the main distinction is between those with metal handles (wound with wire) and those with plastic handles. For most purposes Japanese Seirin needles, with plastic handles, are the best of those currently available,…

The concept of pain memory

'Memory' in this context does not refer to the conscious recollection of painful events, but to the persistence of functional and possibly structural changes in the central nervous system as a result of injury to distant parts of the body. To…

Commonly used acupuncture points

The classical texts list hundreds of acupuncture points, but in practice far fewer were used. The modern acupuncturist can conveniently cut the list down still further, to include only those which are used frequently and whose locations should…

Acupuncture - The thoracic spine (lower part)

Needling sites: - Tips of spinous processes - Interspinous ligament - Paraspinal muscles - Pain in chest wall (also local needling) Pain in the thoracic spine is sometimes harder to help than pain in other parts of the back. Some patients have…

Acupuncture - The knee

The knee is one of the best joints to treat with acupuncture; results are generally very good. Needling Sites: Sp 9 (Area over tibia, where bone is nearest to surface. Needling is periosteal.) Indication: - pain in knee of almost any type,…