By Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom
A pragmatic handbook describing the rules and perform of recent scientific acupuncture. This e-book frees the practitioner from dependence on rule of thumb and builds on present medical wisdom. Demystifying the needling technique, this ebook demonstrates quickly yet potent remedy of these problems for which acupuncture is appropriate.
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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).
Duration of needling This whole process takes between 10 seconds and two minutes, which is very considerably less than the 20 minutes generally used by traditional practitioners and also less than the 20–30 minutes advised by some modern acupuncturists who base their recommendation on physiological considerations. It may seem surprising that such brief needling is effective, but in practice it is, difficult though that may be to explain. One possible reason why it works is that the nervous system adapts very quickly to a new stimulus and soon ceases to register it.
Nevertheless, the research that has been carried out to date is enough to move acupuncture from the realm of fantasy to that of serious science. 32 Acupuncture in Practice References Bowsher D. (1998) Mechanisms of acupuncture. ). Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Campbell A. (1994) Cartesian dualism and the concept of medical placebos. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1; 230–3. Campbell A. (1999) The limbic system and emotion in relation to acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine, 17; 124–30. Campbell A.
Acupuncture in Practice: Beyond Points and Meridians by Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom