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

ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT AREAS

Generalized stimulation Liv 3 LI 4 S 36 (said to enhance activity of immune system) Generalized stimulation of this kind is particularly likely to produce the euphoria, drowsiness etc. that characterize strong reactors. Some disorders that may be treated in this way include chronic urticaria, asthma, menopausal hot flushes, and migraine. These are discussed below, but it is impossible to give a comprehensive list because …

The gate theory

According to the old model of pain perception, which goes back as far as Descartes for its ultimate inspiration, the nervous system is something like a telephone system. If you tread on a drawing pin, say, a pain impulse travels up the nerves from your foot to your spinal cord and thence to your brain, where in some wholly mysterious way it gives rise to …

ACUPUNCTURE CHANNELS

PAIRED Lung (LU) Large Intestine (LI or Co) Stomach (S) Spleen (Sp) Heart (HT) Small Intestine (SI) Urinary Bladder (B or BL) Kidney (K) Pericardium (PC) – also called Sex and Circulation Triple Warmer (TE) Liver (Liv, LR) Gall Bladder (G or GB) UNPAIRED Conception Vessel (CV) Governing Vessel (GV) The sequence used in the above table is that found in books on traditional Chinese …

SETTING UP AN ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC

Exactly how you set up an acupuncture clinic after the course depends a good deal on your individual circumstances. GPs, hospital consultants, physiotherapists in hospital or private practice – all will have to find their own particular approach. Some general advice does however apply to practically all groups. There is no need to start needling patients immediately! It’s quite a good idea to teach yourself …

Acupuncture – Other needling techniques

Minimalist technique The method of needling I have just described is the standard one which I use routinely. However, it is also possible to treat at least some patients using very minimal stimulation, the needle being inserted gently for no more than 2 mm and withdrawn almost at once. This method is of course less painful than the standard one, and in some patients it …

Acupuncture – The elbow

Needling sites: Anterior medial elbow area Indications: – weakness of hands – carpal tunnel syndrome – elbow pain – writer’s cramp Anterior lateral elbow area Indication: – pain in base of thumb Posterior lateral elbow area Indication: – pain in dorsum of wrist H 7 (beside pisiform) Indications: – cardiac disorders – anxiety (Mann) For some reason, pain in the elbow seems to be more …

Acupuncture – Lower abdomen

Needling sites: – random needling of lower abdomen – anterior superior iliac spine Indications: – intestinal disorders – lumbago – bladder problems – gynaecological problems Diverticular disease often responds well to local needling over the site of pain. Ulcerative colitis does extremely well; needling over the lower abdomen is the treatment to use here. All the symptoms (pain, bleeding, diarrhoea) usually improve. Crohn’s disease can …

Acupuncture – The Channels and Points

The Channels and Points The term meridian, though widely used, is misleading; ‘channel’ is a better translation of the Chinese term (ching), since the idea is that there are subtle vessels running throughout the body to connect the organs and carry chi. Diagrams of the channels represent them as if they were lying on the surface of the body, but in fact they are to …

Acupuncture – The wrist and hand

Needling sites: Lower end of radius Neck of metacarpals Small bones of wrist Interosseus spaces Pain in the wrist can often be helped by periosteal needling over the lower end of the radius. The results are good. Some patients have very localized pain in the wrist which is referred from TPs in the extensor muscles of the forearm; this is especially common in people who …

Headache and migraine

Headache and migraine These are lumped together because, at least from the acupuncture point of view, there is little need to separate them. Acupuncture works pretty well for headaches – over 70 per cent response rate. It works best as a preventive, although it can sometimes abort a headache if done early enough. (It can also bring on an attack.) It seems to be pretty …

Non-pain uses of TENS

TENS can be used to relax spastic limbs in multiple sclerosis. The electrodes are placed over the femoral or sciatic nerves. For some unexplained reason it does not seem to work in spasticity from other causes. Prof. Kaada, a Finnish neurologist, has described the use of TENS to increase the peripheral circulation to treat ulcers and other disorders. He places the electrodes across the hand …

Yin and Yang

Yin-yang polarity is at the core of TCM. The terms yin and yang are impossible to translate. Originally yang meant the sunny side of a slope or the north bank of a river, while yin meant the shady side of a slope or the south bank of a river. These meanings were later extended to cover a vast range of polarities, so that, for example, …