Acupuncture in Physiotherapy: Key Concepts and by Val Hopwood PhD FCSP Dip Ac Nanjing

By Val Hopwood PhD FCSP Dip Ac Nanjing

This e-book permits readers to increase their perform by way of expanding their realizing of acupuncture and indicating the place and the way it's going to gain their sufferers. in contrast to many vague acupuncture texts, this e-book makes the assimilation of information of chinese and clinical philosophies effortless.

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Early papers were very positive (Hu et al 1993, Sallstrom et al 1995), but it seems that, as the research question is refined and the protocols become tighter, the effect of acupuncture in this situation diminishes (Gosman-Hedstrom et al 1998, Hopwood 2003, Johansson et al 2001, Sze et al 2002). It may be that acupuncture was never point specific for stroke sequelae, and the wide variety of points chosen in previous research protocols – all of which seemed to have a positive effect – may support this idea.

This is primarily because it is more difficult to clear Heat than to provide Heat. Also, if the Cold condition is treated first by applying Heat, perhaps in the form of moxibustion, the Heat condition would be made worse, perhaps increasing the pain. 8 gives suggested acupuncture points. All the forms of Bi syndrome discussed so far represent an acute type of condition, with the potential for leading to an Excess internal syndrome (Fig. 8). Bony Bi Bony Bi is the end result of the slowing and congealing of the Body fluids and subsequent Phlegm in the joint spaces.

The language may be archaic and the search to find things written 2–3000 years ago to justify modern thought is often overzealous, but nevertheless the links between supposed cause and effect were observed meticulously. The Chinese doctors observed the symptoms of chronic heart disease and surmised, quite correctly, that the heart was failing in its function of pumping the blood around the body. That they attributed this to ‘Phlegm obstructing the Heart Orifices’ is only semantics, as the points that they selected over many, many years of trial still appear to have some value (Ballegaard et al 1993).

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