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

RESEARCH IN ACUPUNCTURE

A fair amount of research in acupuncture has appeared, much of it of rather dubious quality. There are certain intrinsic difficulties confronting anyone who wants to do clinical research of this kind, much of it centred on the choice of a suitable control procedure. To the mildly interested onlooker with no particular interest in acupuncture it might seem that it would be enough to compare …

Lasers to stimulate acupuncture points

Some acupuncturists have become enthusiastic about using low-power lasers to stimulate acupuncture points. The origins of this idea are unclear but the appeal is evident, since the treatment is pain-free therefore suitable for children or people who are afraid of acupuncture and also because there is no risk of infection. However the relevance of this to acupuncture is unclear. There is some evidence that light …

Needle stimulation

The application of electricity to needles was a Chinese innovation. It is usually done by attaching crocodile clips to the needles; obviously at least two needles must be inserted, unless a neutral electrode is used. Often several pairs of needles are inserted. Direct current is unsuitable because it causes an electrochemical effect which weakens the needles and ultimate causes them to break. A pulsed wave …

Acupuncture for cancer and stroke

Cancer Acupuncture has been used to treat pain in cancer sufferers with a good deal of success; Dr J Filshie, an anaesthetist at the Royal Marsden Hospital, has published several papers on this. Experience at RLHH has also been good. Patients may require quite frequent treatment and the intervals tend to get shorter as the disease progresses. Of course, patients with cancer can have musculoskeletal …

The Spine – General Considerations

It is often assumed that back pain is synonymous with disc herniation, but this is certainly an over- statement. Even the finding of a disc lesion on magnetic resonance imaging is not proof that it is causing the patient’s symptoms. Other mechanical causes of back pain include osteoarthritis of the facet joints and other degenerative changes in the spine; these can give rise to obstruction …

Recording the treatment

This is essential, both for medicolegal reasons and for future reference. In practice, I tend to use a mixture of traditional and modern terminology to describe my treatment. If there is a traditional acupuncture point at the site I have used I note that; otherwise I use a description based on Western anatomical terminology. I also record the side (L or R), together with any …

PRINCIPLES OF TREATMENT

What disorders are suitable for treatment? Most acupuncture treatment is concerned with musculoskeletal disorders. Acupuncture can also be used to treat a number of disorders that are not – or not obviously – related to the musculoskeletal system. It is possible to grade disorders according to the likelihood that they will respond to acupuncture. >UL> Group A: Those that generally do well (50 to 70 …

A SIMPLIFIED VERSION OF ACUPUNCTURE: THE ATA

Some medical acupuncturists who favour a non-traditional view base their understanding of the subject mainly or entirely on the TP concept. I think that this may be rather misleading, because quite a lot of acupuncture does not, in fact, make use of TPs. An alternative idea is to speak of “acupuncture treatment areas” (ATAs). An ATA may be defined quite simply as an area on …

Acupuncture – Treatment according to the traditional system

This may be herbal or acupuncture (or both). In the case of acupuncture, the physician will check the patient’s pulses and decide which organs are out of balance. Needles are then inserted to ‘stimulate’ or ‘sedate’ the relevant organs by adjusting the flow of chi. This is essentially a hydraulic concept; the acupuncturist is thought of as a kind of engineer, opening and closing the …

Chi Energy

Another untranslatable term. It is sometimes rendered as energy, but Chinese thought does not distinguish between matter and energy. Chi could perhaps be thought of as lying at the border between matter and energy, but it is impossible to define the concept clearly, partly because classical Chinese thought doesn’t seem to go in for definitions much. The ancient Chinese preferred to describe things in terms …

Frequency of treatment

In chronic disease (for which acupuncture is most appropriate) treatments are generally given at intervals of 1 or 2 weeks at first; later the intervals become longer. It is undesirable to treat more frequently because of possible delays in the appearance of improvement; it takes at least a week for the response to the first treatment to become clear. (The Chinese seem to give daily …

Effects of acupuncture on symptoms

The question of consent As with any other procedure, it is important to make sure that you have the patient’s informed consent before treating him or her. In particular, if you are asked about possible risks you should write down in the notes exactly what you have said. This will be important in any possible subsequent proceedings. Effects of acupuncture on symptoms There may be …