By Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom

ISBN-10: 075065242X

ISBN-13: 9780750652421

A pragmatic handbook describing the foundations and perform of recent scientific acupuncture. This ebook frees the practitioner from dependence on rule of thumb and builds on latest scientific wisdom. Demystifying the needling approach, this ebook demonstrates fast yet potent therapy of these issues for which acupuncture is acceptable.

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A genuine strong responder, in contrast, will experience much the same effect at every treatment. Belief status and response Whether the patient believes in acupuncture before being treated seems to make no difference to the outcome. Indeed, scepticism is often a good sign, whereas strong belief sometimes suggests that a patient may be a pseudo-strong responder. However, fear of acupuncture is definitely a contra-indication to treatment, since it usually inhibits the response. Response patterns in acupuncture In general terms, only three things can happen when acupuncture is performed: the patient gets better, gets worse, or stays the same.

C. ), Vol 10. Raven Press, New York. , G¨unther, et al. (1998) Phantom sensations following acute pain. Pain, 77; 209–13. 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.

The evidence that this makes any difference to the chance of infection is scanty and the weight of opinion these days is that it is unnecessary, although it may be advisable if the skin is visibly dirty. If you apply alcohol, allow enough time for it to evaporate before inserting the needle, otherwise the patient will experience stinging. 48 Acupuncture in Practice Depth of needling Beginners often ask how deeply they should needle. The obvious, if unhelpful, answer is: ‘as deep as necessary’. That is, if you want to needle a particular muscle, or the periosteum, you will have to go down to the relevant depth.

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