Acupuncture For Cynics

Acupuncture For Cynics

Have You Always Been Curious About Acupuncture, But Were Never Quite Sure Where To Stick The Needles? If you associate acupuncture with needles, pain and weird alternative medicine then you are horribly misinformed about the benefits of the world's oldest form of medicinal treatment.

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Acupuncture and acupressure

Acupuncture is a popular form of Chinese medicine, based on the notion that vital life energy (qi) Hows through dozens of paths (meridians) throughout the human body. Illness is thought to be the result of obstructed or misdirected energy flow, and stimulating of acupoints within the meridian system is believed to restore health by correcting this flow. By inserting very thin needles 5 mm deep under the skin, different organs can be influenced via the meridians. Many acupoints influence the upper gastrointestinal tract, but the acupoint studied most by Western scientists is the P6 (Nei Guan), located on the anteromedial aspect of the forearm at a three-finger distance from the wrist creasc, between the palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis tendons. This point can be activated using needles (acupuncture) or by pressure (acupressure) applied by an acupressure band. Numerous explanations have been proposed to explain the antiemetic influence of acupuncture and acupressure. The...

244 Acupuncture and acupressure

Acupuncture is a popular form of Chinese medicine, based on the notion that vital life energy (qi) Hows through dozens of paths (meridians) throughout the human body. Illness is thought to be the result of obstructed or misdirected energy flow, and stimulating of acupoints within the meridian system is believed to restore health by correcting this flow. By inserting very thin needles 5 mm deep under the skin, different organs can be influenced via the meridians. Many acupoints influence the upper gastrointestinal tract, but the acupoint studied most by Western scientists is the P6 (Nei Guan), located on the anteromedial aspect of the forearm at a three-finger distance from the wrist crease, between the palniaris longus and flexor carpi radialis tendons. This point can be activated using needles (acupuncture) or by pressure (acupressure) applied by an acupressure band. Numerous explanations have been proposed to explain the antiemetic influence of acupuncture and acupressure. The...

Main Symptom Hypertension High Blood Pressure

Treatment often in connection with headache or dizziness. Caused by ascending yang, often rooted in liveryin vacuity or kidney yin vacuity. Limited treatment possibilities if hypertension has not manifested for more than one or two years. Recommended treatment Combination of acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional therapy, combined with conventional allopathic medicine. Important Weight reduction

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Clinical Disorder

No curative medical interventions are available for any of these conditions. In part, this problem explains why many individuals with these conditions report negative experiences with treatment providers and with physicians in particular. Many physicians rely solely on palliative pharmacological agents, refer individuals with CFS for psychotherapy, or recommend no treatment whatsoever. Pharmacological management has been found to be helpful for certain individuals. Activity pacing, energy conservation training, and cognitive-behavioral therapy with graded activity have been used effectively to improve coping and in some cases improve functioning. Multidisciplinary approaches that include medical supervision, nutritional counseling, physical therapy, social support, psychotherapy, and medication management may produce the most favorable outcomes. In addition to these approaches, many patients dissatisfied with Western medicine have utilized alternative medical treatments, such as...

Box 71 Evidence of treatments for chronic low back pain

Acupuncture no treatment or sham therapy. These effects were only observed immediately after the end of the sessions and at short-term follow-up. There is evidence that acupuncture, added to other conventional therapies, relieves pain and improves function better than the conventional therapies alone. However, effects are only small. Dry-needling appears to be a useful adjunct to other therapies for chronic low back pain. No clear recommendations could be made about the most effective acupuncture technique 36 .

Stimulation Techniques

Stimulation techniques, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and acupuncture may be effective for some people with neuropathic pain and may work by activating inhibitory mechanisms.89 V However, positive evidence of efficacy is limited, particularly with below-level neuropathic pain and most studies report a decline in efficacy over time (reviewed in Ref. 90 V ). Acupuncture appeared to have a sustained effect in 10 of 22 SCI patients with various types of pain, but was ineffective in those with pain below the injury level.91 V However, retrospective data from another study suggested Acupuncture

Syncope

The patient is usually weak, experiencing dizziness, blurred vision, shortness of breath, and sweating, followed by fainting. A pale face, cold limbs, low blood pressure, a fine and rapid pulse, and reduced pupils are also common. Acupuncture or massage applied with too much force and treatment with outgoing Qi, may also cause syncope. 1. Self-Treatment with Qigong Exercise. When premonitory symptoms of syncope emerge, the following procedures may be applied. Lay supine with the head slightly lowered. Unbutton the collar, relax the whole body, take a deep breath, and use the mind to guide Qi into the Dantian. Use the thumb-nail to press the acupuncture points Renzhong (Du 26), Neiguan (P 6), and Hegu( L.I. 4). Relax the arms at both sides of the body and breathe naturally with the tongue on the palate. Relax the head, neck, upper limbs, chest and abdomen, back and waist, pud the lower limbs. Practice Relaxation Exercise three times.

Necrosis 329

Although not all chemotherapy patients experience nausea and vomiting, they are the most common side effects of chemotherapy. They may also result from other strong medications, radiation therapy to the gastrointestinal tract, liver, or brain, or from an illness or cancer itself. Nausea is one of the most dreaded side effects of such treatments and can have a psychological as well as physical impact on a patient. Nausea and vomiting can lead to nutrition depletion and a general deterioration of the patient's physical condition. It could also lead a patient to quit a potentially curative or useful treatment as well as to neglect self-care and reduce functional ability. Antiemetic drugs are the greatest defense against nausea and vomiting other methods include hypnosis, acupuncture, distraction, relaxation techniques, and imagery.

Procedural Analgesia

Acupuncture and related techniques have been used to alleviate pain and discomfort during many medical procedures such as colonoscopy, lithotripsy, and oocyte aspiration. Wang and colleagues (1997) demonstrated that pain and serum beta-endorphins, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine levels were similar between patients who received elec-troacupuncture (EA) and patients who received meperidine during colonoscopy procedures. These investigators also found that patients receiving EA had fewer side effects such as dizziness. Since these investigators did not include a sham control group, their findings should be interpreted cautiously. Fanti et al. (2003) conducted a sham-RCT to evaluate the analgesic effects of EA in a group of patients who were undergoing colonoscopy procedures. Patients in both the acupuncture and the sham acupuncture groups received the same frequency (100 Hz) of stimulation for 20 min prior to the procedure and throughout the duration of the procedure. The...

Kyoto Japan

In addition to biomedicine, modern Japan has a wide variety of East Asian medical systems and has undergone a revival of these systems, much in the same way that the United States, Canada, European societies, Australia, and New Zealand have seen the emergence of the holistic health New Age movement. The most popular of these is kanpo (the Chinese method), a form of herbal medicine that was imported to Japan from China in the sixth century. In addition to prescribing herbs, kanpo doctors administer acupuncture, body manipulation, and moxi-bustion. Kanpo doctors are M.D.s who combine bio-medicine and East Asian medicine. They tend to treat psychosomatic ailments in which the patients' chief complaints are tiredness, headaches, occasional dizziness, or numbness, typical symptoms emanating for the somatization of distress. Lock also reports the existence of herbal pharmacies, acupuncture clinics, moxibustion clinics, and amma (massage) parlors in Kyoto. She reports, however, that East...

Management

Many women with depressive symptoms use complementary and alternative therapies. Many of these therapies are controversial and not supported by reliable research evidence. Exercise (especially in groups) and stress reduction (yoga, relaxation, massage) appear to be useful adjuncts to conventional therapy, and limited evidence supports a role for acupuncture.26 The efficacy of St John's Wort is very controversial. It maybe beneficial in mild depression,26 but it is inadequate therapy for moderate to severe depression.27