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Medical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM)

posted 21 Apr 2012, 02:25 by Andrea AnJia   [ updated 21 Apr 2012, 02:44 ]
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I am sometimes asked about medical acupuncture. What is it? Is it better than Traditional Acupuncture? Who practices Medical Acupuncture?

In short, medical acupuncture is a very simplified method of acupuncture, which is often taught in a one day CPD (continuous professional development) to medical doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors.

Those therapists have a vast knowledge of muscles and nerves, and they learn to insert acupuncture needles in key areas of pain, hence mainly working on muscle relaxation and pain relief, from a western anatomy point of view.

Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturists can do and will practice medical acupuncture all the time, however we combine it with the TCM physiology.

A reference article:  http://aim.bmj.com/content/27/1/33

Case study:

35 years old runner sprained ankle while falling off a London bus. Aside from stress, difficulty to fall asleep and overwork, they are overall fit.

Tendons and ligaments have a very limited supply of blood, hence it is often said that it is better to break than to sprain (ligament) or strain (tendon). Somehow, acupuncture is very effective in promoting a better blood flow to tendons and ligaments, hence facilitating the healing process.

On palpation, the outer side of the foot was affected, and a few local needles were inserted, based on pain (medical acupuncture) as well as functionality of the points according to TCM. Low pulsing electro acupuncture stimulation was used and thoroughly enjoyed. Other points in the body were chosen to encourage and facilitate blood flow to the affected area and to promote relaxation and facilitate sleep.

After 3 sessions the patient was running normally however we agreed to carry on with further treatment to help strengthen the ankle and avoid further injuries.

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