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By Adrian White PhD MA BM BCh, Mike Cummings MB ChB Dip Med Ac, Jacqueline Filshie MBBS FRCA

ISBN-10: 0443071772

ISBN-13: 9780443071775

This e-book is a transparent and functional introductory advisor to the perform of scientific acupuncture. It describes the Western clinical method of using acupuncture as a remedy following orthodox prognosis. The textual content covers questions of safety, diverse ways to acupuncture, uncomplicated aspect info, medical matters and the appliance of acupuncture in medical stipulations, specifically within the remedy of pain.A functional consultant to the foundations and scientific perform of scientific acupunctureA transparent advisor to the neurophysiological rules which underlie clinical techniques to acupunctureA easy rationalization of the various kinds of clinical acupuncture treatmentAllows the reader to accrue the sensible wisdom useful prior to starting to paintings with clinical acupuncture.

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Sometimes the relevant segmental points can be some distance from the problem, but often they are very close. What about their local effect, as we described in the last chapter? A needle near to an area of pathology will both have local effects and produce segmental analgesia – all the more reason to insert it there. Local needles can have local and segmental effects. In practice, some analgesia can be also obtained by stimulating nerves in adjacent segments, since each afferent nerve actually influences more than one segment in the spinal cord.

The needles have to be inserted into healthy skin with an intact nerve supply. Local acupuncture is also used for local skin lesions and areas where the circulation is compromised. 5 cm apart (since the axon reflex covers a 25 mm radius). This treatment was known picturesquely by the Chinese as ‘fencing in the dragon’ (see Fig. 2). 20 Only insert needles into healthy skin with intact nerves. 2 Needles surrounding a local skin lesion, known as ‘fencing in the dragon’. 5 cm It has been suggested that the axon reflexes can operate over much longer distances and that this may turn out to explain some of the remote effects of acupuncture treatment that are otherwise difficult to explain (Carlsson 2002).

But visceral pain invokes strong reflexes, usually in the form of smoothmuscle spasm. Can acupuncture have any effect on these reflexes? The afferent nerves from the viscera run in autonomic nerves, but in other ways they are similar to somatic nerves, arriving at the substantia gelatinosa of the dorsal horn. Broadly speaking, afferent fibres from, for example, the wall of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract accompany sympathetic nerves and terminate at segments T5 to L1. Some afferent fibres from walls of the lower bowel, bladder other pelvic structures accompany the pelvic plexus (parasympathetic nerves), and terminate at sacral segments (S2–4).

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