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

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 …

Acupuncture – Using the needles

It is essential to learn to insert the needles skilfully. This takes a little practice; the technique is best learned by trying it out on oneself! (The forearm and side of the thigh are convenient sites to use.) The secret is to penetrate the skin QUICKLY, without hesitating (intradermal needling is generally painful). Seirin needles are very sharp and go in quite easily in most …

NEEDLES AND HOW TO USE THEM

By definition, acupuncture implies the use of needles. Although it is possible to use ordinary injection needles, these have various disadvantages: their cutting edge makes it more likely that internal structures will be damaged, infection is theoretically more likely because the needles are hollow, and for some reason it seems to be harder to elicit teh chi (see below). Proper acupuncture needles are therefore much …

Acupuncture – The Organs

TCM recognizes many of the organs familiar to us, but as usual they are thought of dynamically, the reference being to the organs’ supposed functions as much as to their structures. There are six yang organs (gall bladder, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, urinary bladder and triple warmer). There are five yin organs (heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys); the pericardium is sometimes included as …

The opioid peptides

There are three families of opioid peptides: the endorphins, the enkephalins, and the dynorphins. There are also at least three kinds of receptors. During the 1970s naloxone was thought to be the key to searching for opioid peptides and investigating their properties, but it now appears that naloxone is unsatisfactory for this purpose. More selective and powerful antagonists have become available, and much of the …

MODERN ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture has been known in the West since the second half of the seventeenth century, and interest in it has waxed and waned since then. The modern revival of interest dates from President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. Much excitement was generated by claims that it was possible to carry out major surgery using acupuncture as the sole analgesic. At about the same time, …

Traditional acupuncture in the light of modern knowledge

Numerous attempts to verify the objective existence of acupuncture points and channels, pulse phenomena and so on have been made in both East and West. Early claims that the points and channels could be demonstrated histologically have not stood up to later verification. Electrical studies intended to detect the points have given variable results. At present, the most that can be said is that there …

Methods of diagnosis

The traditional Chinese physician, like his Western counterpart, takes a history and notes the patient’s general appearance and demeanour. Particular attention is paid to the tongue: its colour, coating and so on. The most important examination, however, is that of the pulse. This is felt at the wrist at three locations on each side and both superficially and deeply, giving a total of 12 pulses …

The five-element [phases] theory

This is complementary to the yin-yang idea. It usually attracts a lot of attention in Western books on TCM, perhaps because it is complicated and allows plenty of opportunity for mystification. Modern Chinese books on TCM, at least in Western languages, usually say little or nothing about it. “The European adoption of this method stems partly for a desire for an exotic scheme and partly …

THE TRADITIONAL VERSION OF ACUPUNCTURE

Crude forms of acupuncture seem to have been practised at various times in many parts of the world, but only in China did the technique attain the status of a major sophisticated form of therapy. Even in China, however, acupuncture was never the only or even the main form of treatment; many more of the classical texts deal with herbalism than with acupuncture. To understand …

Learning acupuncture

You can choose to study the traditional or the modern system. You can learn numerous “points” and “meridians” by heart or you can ignore them all. You can use a “cookbook” approach to selecting treatments or you can acquire a grasp of the underlying principles and apply them as you go. You can concentrate on body acupuncture or you can branch off into the byways …