By Adrian White PhD MA BM BCh, Mike Cummings MB ChB Dip Med Ac, Jacqueline Filshie MBBS FRCA
This ebook is a transparent and useful introductory consultant to the perform of clinical acupuncture. It describes the Western clinical method of using acupuncture as a remedy following orthodox analysis. The textual content covers questions of safety, diverse techniques to acupuncture, uncomplicated element details, medical concerns and the applying of acupuncture in medical stipulations, in particular within the therapy of pain.A sensible consultant to the rules and medical perform of scientific acupunctureA transparent advisor to the neurophysiological rules which underlie scientific techniques to acupunctureA easy clarification of the various forms of scientific acupuncture treatmentAllows the reader to accrue the sensible wisdom worthy earlier than commencing to paintings with scientific acupuncture.
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All the points on each meridian are numbered in sequence, but, inconveniently, the meridians are not all numbered in the same direction! g. LU, LI, ST, and a number. 7 on p. 218 for full list). This is the nomenclature that has been established by international convention and we shall use throughout this book. Unfortunately, other nomenclature systems still survive. The names of the meridians have nothing to do with the actual internal organ, as far as is known. In written text, it is easy to distinguish between Neurological mechanisms I: local effects CHAPTER 3 ‘Liver’ as the meridian and ‘liver’ as the organ.
The myelinated fibres also make collateral connections to small cells called intermediate cells, which have one particularly important property, crucial for acupuncture – they inhibit the activity of the SG cells. 2. This is where the extrasegmental effects of acupuncture originate, as described in the next chapter. From the brainstem, many fibres then project onto cells in the midbrain and thalamus – which are closely involved in the central regulatory effects of acupuncture, as described in Chapter 6.
Experiments have shown that the blood flow in the skin and muscle of healthy volunteers increases as soon as a needle is inserted into the skin, and increases further when the needle is advanced into the underlying muscle, and increases still further when the needle is stimulated and de qi elicited (Sandberg et al 2003). The local release of neuropeptides by acupuncture can influence other structures in the vicinity. For example, acupuncture points in the face can affect the activity of salivary glands.
An Introduction to Western Medical Acupuncture by Adrian White PhD MA BM BCh, Mike Cummings MB ChB Dip Med Ac, Jacqueline Filshie MBBS FRCA