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

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, …

Where should the needles be placed?

It has to be said that there are almost as many answers to this question as there are acupuncturists. However, the main possibilities are as follows: Traditional The sites are chosen in accordance with TCM (channels, points, yin-yang etc.). Neoclassical The sites are chosen in accordance with some modern reinterpretation of TCM. Electrical apparatus may be used and there may be little resemblance to the …

EAR ACUPUNCTURE – AURICULOTHERAPY

Ear acupuncture is the best known of the so-called microsystems of acupuncture, which hold that there is a representation of the body in a small area. The story of ear acupuncture begins with a French doctor, Paul Nogier, of Lyon (see Kenyon 1983a). In the early 1950s Nogier was intrigued to find that some of his patients had apparently been cured of their sciatica by …

"Point detection"

A number of machines have come on the market which purport to detect acupuncture points electrically. Most depend on the theory that acupuncture points are areas of reduced skin resistance, and they usually have a neutral electrode plus a searching electrode ending in a blunt point. The weakness of nearly all these machines is that it is very easy to produce artifacts when using them. …

Surface Anatomy

Spine of T3 is opposite root of scapular spine. Spine of T7 is opposite inferior angle of scapula. 8th rib is just below inferior angle of scapula. Spine of T12 is opposite midpoint of line drawn from inferior angle of scapula to the iliac crest Line joining posterior superior iliac spines passes through S2 spine. Posterior superior iliac spine overlies centre of sacroiliac joint. Lower …

Acupuncture – The lumbar and gluteal regions

Needling sites: – Paraspinal muscles – Lumbar vertebrae – Sacroiliac joint (sij) – Quadratus lumborum – Gluteal muscles – Greater trochanter of femur Radiation (wide and variable): – Back, buttocks, legs – Abdomen, genitals Indications: – lumbago – sciatica – groin pain – hip pain Low back pain and sciatica Acupuncture can be useful in the treatment of these disorders. As usual, the best results …

Complications of acupuncture

Although acupuncture is generally safe, various complications have been reported, including several deaths. The following list is not intended to be exhaustive but will give an idea of what to look out for. Infection This is so rare as to be almost unknown. The main exception concerns the use of semi-permanent needles in the ear. These can certainly cause local infections and there have been …