By Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom
A realistic guide describing the rules and perform of recent scientific acupuncture. This ebook frees the practitioner from dependence on rule of thumb and builds on current medical wisdom. Demystifying the needling technique, this booklet demonstrates fast yet potent remedy of these issues for which acupuncture is appropriate.
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These terms are preferable to ‘Western acupuncture’, because the treatment in question is based on the modern understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology – that is, on science; and science is neither Western nor Eastern, but just science. In this version of acupuncture we can largely forget about the traditional apparatus of yin and yang, channels (‘meridians’), and ‘points’. Even if these are not ignored completely, they are reinterpreted in radically different ways. Another, very important, difference is that the modern version does not use any special diagnostic methods such as the pulse or the appearance of the tongue.
Nevertheless, it is an invasive procedure and this means that certain dangers are inevitably present (Hagen & Peukar, 1999). Most are relevant to the patient, but some apply to the person carrying out the treatment, who is at risk of needle-stick injury. Infection Bacterial infections Bacterial infections are very rare indeed provided disposable needles are used. The needles should not, of course, be inserted through areas of skin that are obviously infected. Needles should also not be inserted into joint cavities unless full antiseptic precautions are taken, but this form of treatment is in any case unnecessary and undesirable.
Ways of preventing this are discussed below. Electrical stimulation This can inhibit or derange the function of a demand pacemaker. Electroacupuncture should not be applied to any patient fitted with such a pacemaker. Allergic reactions to needles It is recommended that patients who are allergic to particular metals such as chromium or zinc should not be treated. In practice, allergic reactions are seldom seen. Miscellaneous The foregoing headings do not cover all the adverse effects that have been attributed to acupuncture, though they do include the main ones.