Acupuncture Facts: Diagnosis and Treatment
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Acupuncture Facts: Diagnosis and Treatment

Pulse diagnosis is also a highly sophisticated art; six pulses are identified in each wrist, one for each of the twelve main meridians and each associated with a vital organ. Each of the 12 pulses is held, in turn, to have 24 different qualities, which collectively supply information about which meridians are blocked (preventing the free flow of qi), and whether yin or yang is in excess.
                               pulse diagnosis in acupuncture

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Diagnosis

Treatment, of course, has to be preceded by diagnosis, which is arrived at in a manner equally alien to the Western mind, related as it is to five basic colors and five smells.

Pulse diagnosis is also a highly sophisticated art; six pulses are identified in each wrist, one for each of the twelve main meridians and each associated with a vital organ. Each of the 12 pulses is held, in turn, to have 24 different qualities, which collectively supply information about which meridians are blocked (preventing the free flow of qi), and whether yin or yang is in excess.

The initial consultation may last about an hour or perhaps longer. The therapist is likely to ask about the person's past and present medical history, family history, lifestyle and stress factors. He/she will also note the condition of the person's hair, and finger and toenails, his or her skin color, timber of voice, body odor, and the state of the tongue, eyes, respiration, emotions and posture.

                                  acupuncture treatment points

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Treatment

Students of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) may devote many years to the study of acupuncture, not least to the location of the meridians (which tend to be far easier to find on certain people than on others), and of the many acupuncture points, all of which have to be learned by heart until memory and experience makes them become second nature. The acupuncture points themselves are located by touch or by an instrument that measures the Chinese inch, which actually differs from one patient to another.

The sterile needles (2-6 of them) are inserted and left for 20-30 minutes, during which time they may be left undisturbed, pumped gently up and down, or twiddled around to increase the potency of the stimulation.

Alternatively, a low-frequency electric current may be used, administered via a blunt pointed instrument that does not puncture the skin. This is especially likely to be used by Western doctors who have been trained in aspects of TCM, and in the case of patients who are terrified of needles. Interestingly, though, many recipients of traditional acupuncture claim not to have felt a thing while the needles were being inserted. This may be linked with attitude to the disorder and general (optimistic or pessimistic) outlook on life, for those who feel nothing when the needles are used often make the best recovery.

                                moxa moxibustion therapy

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When further treatment reinforcement is required, moxibustion may be performed. After the needles have been inserted, a small cone of moxa (dried mugwort) is placed on top of the needles' heads (which are small blocks offering a ready platform for this practice). Small card discs are arranged around the insertion points to protect the skin from falling ash, and the moxa is then ignited, which generates enough heat down the needle for a pleasant warmth to be felt.

The number of acupuncture treatments required depends upon both the nature of the disorder and the responsiveness of the patient. Six is a common number, but one is sometimes sufficient and as many as 20 or 30 may be required to help relieve a long-standing condition in someone in poor health. The immediate effect of treatment varies between great relaxation and drowsiness and a feeling of increased alacrity.

Use

Conditions for which acupuncture is helpful include arthritis and both upper and lower back pain (except where severe structural damage has occurred), recurrent headaches and migraines, recovery from a stroke, trigeminal neuralgia and the nerve pain that can follow shingles. Other conditions include high blood pressure, addictive disorders such as smoking, drinking and drug dependency, asthma and eczema, hiatus hernia and stress-related indigestion.

 

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