Acupuncture in Practice: Beyond Points and Meridians by Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom

By Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom

A realistic handbook describing the foundations and perform of recent scientific acupuncture. This publication frees the practitioner from dependence on rule of thumb and builds on present scientific wisdom. Demystifying the needling approach, this publication demonstrates fast yet powerful remedy of these issues for which acupuncture is acceptable.

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This brings us to the very interesting question of ‘dosification’. ‘Dosification’ in acupuncture This an important subject. In fact, I would almost go so far as to say that the ‘quantity’ of stimulus is more important than the exact site at which it’s applied. The general principle is to use the minimal stimulation possible, particularly on the first occasion. It is easy to over-treat a patient, difficult to under-treat. There is a natural tendency to feel that, if a certain stimulus is effective, using a stronger stimulus will be still more Principles of treatment 49 effective, but this doesn’t seem to be the case in acupuncture.

D. (2000) The Science of Pain and Suffering. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. D. & Melzack, R. (eds) (1984) A Textbook of Pain. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Chapter 4 Risks of acupuncture A knowledge of the potential risks of acupuncture is obviously the most essential thing that any would-be acupuncturist must acquire. One shouldn’t exaggerate the dangers; acupuncture is generally remarkably safe if performed responsibly by someone with an adequate knowledge of anatomy. To put this in perspective, the risks in performing acupuncture are probably less than those of giving a conventional non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID).

I have stated the differences between modern and traditional acupuncture pretty starkly, but the distinction between the two versions is sometimes less sharp than this implies. In fact, what we find in acupuncture is more like a spectrum of opinion. At one extreme there are adherents of the traditional system in its fullest form; most of these, Modern acupuncture 23 although not all, are people who have approached acupuncture without first undergoing a conventional training as a health professional.

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