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

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 …

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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> …


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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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