Basics of Acupuncture by Gabriel Stux, Bruce Pomeranz, P. Kofen, K.A. Sahm

By Gabriel Stux, Bruce Pomeranz, P. Kofen, K.A. Sahm

Basics of Acupuncture exhibits that it truly is attainable to mix Western drugs with conventional chinese language thoughts. a quick advent at the idea of conventional chinese language drugs is by way of an in depth account of prognosis. the most half specializes in the outline of the chinese language platforms of channels, useful organs and an important acupuncture issues. the rest of the e-book is dedicated to therapy, in keeping with western modes of prognosis. The equipment and purposes of needling and moxibustion are defined, and an important issues are given for usually encountered diseases.

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Using the WOMAC index, researchers saw the scores decrease by 34% after 4 weeks of treat30 ment and by 42% after 8 weeks of treatment. The overall result was a 35% improvement over the mean baseline WOMAC scores. The hip study produced the same results, showing that the acupuncture group had decreased analgesia intake and decreased WOMAC scores [73 c]. The pretreatment scores were 870 and 854 for the acupuncture and control groups, respectively [73 c]. Post-treatment, the acupuncture group's mean score had decreased to 696, and increased to only 732 after an 8-week follow-up.

Finally, a systematic review on the adverse effects of acupuncture was recently published [49 f]. The reviewers looked at nine surveys of acupuncture safety. They found that all of the papers reported the same adverse effects, though 41 with highly varying degrees of frequency. 03%±38%), and feelings of relaxation (86%). 3%). The most serious adverse effect of acupuncture is pneumothorax, though it is extremely rare, happening only twice in approximately a quarter of a million treatments. Obviously these ªmiscellaneousº papers need considerably more research to determine their validity.

Perhaps more important than the pituitary release of endorphins is the corelease of ACTH which occurs 23 during AA [109, 113, 129] because this stimulates the adrenals to raise blood cortisol levels after AA [16, 35, 94, 99]. Sham acupuncture does not raise blood cortisol levels [35, 94] thus ruling out stress as the cause of cortisol release. It is tempting to speculate that this cortisol mediates the treatment effects of acupuncture in arthritis, effects which seem to go beyond analgesia [33].

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