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Saturday, August 26, 2006

acupuncture course

According to acupuncture course, these are the invisible channels through which qi circulates throughout the body. The acupuncture points (or holes as the Chinese term xue is more aptly translated means) are the locations where the qi of the channels rises close to the surface of the body. There are 12 main meridians, six of which are yin and six are yang and numerous minor ones, which form a network of energy channels throughout the body.
In acupuncture, each meridian is related to, and named after, an organ or function, the main acupuncture course are: the lung, kidney, gallbladder, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, large intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, san jiao (three heater) and pericardium (heart protector/ or circulation sex meridian).
There are also 8 extraordinary channels in acupuncture that are considered to be reservoirs supplying qi and blood to the twelve regular channels. These are believed to have a strong connection to the kidney. The meridians are shown in the figures.

Location of the meridians and acupoints (acupuncture points) in the body.
Dotted along these meridians are more than 400 acupuncture points, classified by WHO. (There may be as many as 2000 points in use for different treatments.) These are listed by name, number and the meridian to which they belong.
When Chi flows freely through the meridians, the body is balanced and healthy, but if the energy becomes blocked, stagnated or weakened, it can result in physical, mental or emotional ill health. An imbalance in a person's body can result from inappropriate emotional responses such as: excess anger, over-excitement, self-pity, deep grief and fear. Environmental factors such as cold, damp/humidity, wind, dryness, and heat can also cause imbalance so as factors such as wrong diet, too much sex, overwork and too much exercise.
To restore the balance, the acupuncturist stimulates the acupuncture points that will counteract that imbalance. So, if you have stagnant Chi, he will choose specific points to stimulate it. If the Chi is too cold, he will choose points to warm it. If it is too weak, he will strengthen it. If it is blocked, he will unblock it, and so on. In this way, acupuncture course can effectively rebalance the energy system and restore health or prevent the development of disease. The points that the practitioner chooses to stimulate may not necessarily be at the site of the symptoms.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

the oldest and famous medical classics of Chinese medicine

The human body is a very complicated system, but make out with very simple method , so long as a couple are together, will make individuals once being not careful. But the maintenance of the human body is extremely complicated , an extremely outstanding student, must read for seven years in the medical college , then should be after continuing studying for a lot of years in the hospital again, could become a real well-known doctor . But the most famous doctor today, one basket of diseases is that he is at a loss what to do.
the oldest and famous medical classics of Chinese medicine is " Huang Di Nei Ching" which spreading for more than 3,000 years, the completion of this book has been a mystery in history all the time , how could the mankind more than 3,000 years ago build and construct such perfect medical theory? But this book is obviously hidden or lose a lot of chapters , especially the heart and efficacious chapter.
Collateral channels and acupuncture points one are the most special part in Chinese medicine theories, it is some point names with fairy , spirit , soul , soul wording , for example, mind, supernatural hall, soul's door, soul family,etc.. there are close relations cleverly of the clever medical treatmen between these acupuncture points and the most popular of modern prevailing body and mind . That is to say that the earliest Chinese medicine should be to include fairy and treat similar with South America and print the technology with the witch doctor, because political involvement factor of strength, make a part this painstaking deletion perhaps.
Confucius has an eternal famous saying: The son blames the haphazard spirit of strength in silence. After the Confucianists are regarded as the main theory which is most suitable for the times of peace and prosperity by the past dynasties king, the scholar regards strange haphazard spirit of strength as the heresy .so treating of mind has been probably deleted from the ancient book efficaciously on the speech becoming the difficult hall which stepped on the elegance in the medical book.
The witch doctor who is the earliest doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and seal added should be very close, and well-known doctor of successive dynasties should majority have exceptional function too, if Bian que can perspect human ability and well-known doctor's grandson of internal organs think of far away coherent fairy ability, record it in the history . In China, doctors with very sophisticated medical skill are often respectfullied call a highly skilled doctor , in fact the highly skilled doctor is just the witch doctor's laudatory title .
You can find more imformation about this from soon.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The effectiveness of acupuncture

Several theories have been advanced to explain acupuncture's effectiveness in this regard. There is speculation that the needle insertions stimulate the body's production of such natural opiates (painkilling chemicals) as endorphins or enkephalins. Others have posited that the minor stimulation of acupuncture selectively acts on impulse transmission to the central nervous system, thus closing certain neurological “gates” and blocking the transmission of pain impulses from other parts of the body. Some Western observers studying the method have suggested that acupuncture analgesia is plainly a placebo analgesia—which does not, however, detract from its effectiveness.
A bronze model shows the hundreds of specified points for the insertion of the needle; this was the forerunner of countless later models and diagrams. The needles used are three to 24 centimetres (about one to nine inches) in length. They are often inserted with considerable force and after insertion may be agitated or screwed to the left or right. Acupuncture, often combined with moxibustion, is still widely used for many diseases, including fractures. Recently people in theWestern world have turned to acupuncturists for relief from pain and other symptoms. There is some speculation that the treatment may trigger the brain to release morphinelike substances called endorphins, which presumably reduce the feeling of pain and its concomitant emotions.
acupunctureancient Chinese medical technique for relieving pain, curing disease, and improving general health. It was devised before 2500 BC in China and by the late 20th century was used in many other areas of the world. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of one or several small metal needles into the skin and underlying tissues at precise points on the body.
Acupuncture consists of the insertion into the skin and underlying tissues of a metal needle, either hot or cold. The theory is that the needle affects the distribution of the yin and the yang in the hypothetical channels and burning spaces of the body. The site of the insertion is chosen to affect a particular organ or organs. The practice of acupuncture dates from before 2500 BC and ispeculiarly Chinese. Little of practical importance has been added since that date, although there have been many well-known treatises on the subject.

Acupuncture grew out of ancient Chinese philosophy's dualistic cosmic theory of the yin and the yang. The yin, the female principle,is passive and dark and is represented by the earth; the yang, the male principle, is active and light and is represented by the heavens.The forces of yin and yang act in the human body as they do throughout the natural universe as a whole. Disease or physical disharmony is caused by an imbalance or undue preponderance of these two forces in the body, and the goal of Chinese medicine is to bring the yin and the yang back into balance with each other, thus restoring the person to health.
An imbalance of yin and yang results in an obstruction of the vital life force, or ch'i, in the body. The fundamental energy of the ch'i flows through 12 meridians, or pathways, in the body, each in turn associated with a major visceral organ (liver, kidney, etc.) and with a functional body system. Acupuncture is designed to affect the distribution of yin and yang in these channels so that the ch'i will be enabled to flow freely and harmoniously.
The actual practice of acupuncture consists of inserting needles into any of hundreds of points located over the 12 basic meridians and over a number of specialized meridians. The needles usedmay be slightly arrowheaded or may have extremely fine points. The typical insertion is 3 to 10 mm (0.1 to 0.4 inch) in depth; some procedures call for insertions up to almost 25 cm (10 inches). Once inserted, a needle may be twisted, twirled, or connected to a low-voltage alternating current for the duration of its use. The physician frequently inserts needles at a considerable distance from the point on which they are to act; for example, a needle inserted into the pad of the thumb is expected to produce analgesia in the abdomen. Similarly, successive points on a specific meridian may affect widely different areas or conditions; e.g., the first six points of the yin lung meridian deal primarily with swollen joints, excessive heat in joints, bleeding of the nose, heart pains, mental depression, and inability to stretch the arms above the head. The location of the points is mastered by the use of innumerable diagrams and models.
Acupuncture appears somehow to be effective in relieving pain and is routinely used in China as an anesthetic during surgery. Western visitors have witnessed ambitious (and ordinarily painful) surgical operations carried out on fully conscious Chinese patients locally anesthetized only by acupuncture.
Chinese assertions that acupuncture can actually cure disease defy rational clinical practice and have yet to be substantiated by Western medical researchers.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Acupuncture and Moxibustion

According to ancient Chinese medical records and archaeological findings, the primitive Chinese people used bianshi (stone pierces), the earliest acupuncture instrument, to treat diseases. Afterward, with the further development of the society, bone needles and bamboo needles replaced stone ones. Then the development and improvement of metal casting techniques brought about metal medical needles, such as bronze, iron, gold and silver ones. Ancient Chinese doctors used nine kinds of needles: the round needle, the blunt needle, the three-edge needle, the sword needle, the round sharp needle, the long needle, the large needle, and the arrowhead needle. At present, stainless steel needle are widely used.Acupuncture and moxibustion, as two important methods of treatment, form an indispensable part of traditional Chinese medicine.
Both these two methods of treatment are based on the theory of points and the theory of jing and luo. A point means a specific spot on the body surface at which acupuncture or moxibustion is applied to evoke a certain reaction in some regions or viscera so as to produce therapeutic effects. According to the theory of jing and luo, stimulating certain points along the jing and luo by inserting needles can cure a disorder of the circulation of qi.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of treating disease or relieving pain by inserting one or more metal needles at a certain point or certain points of the human body. An acupuncturist usually pays due attention to the basic techniques including the way the needle is inserted' rapidly or slowly, the depth of the insertion, the length of time the needle should be left in the body, and the number of needles required for the treatment.
Moxibustion, another effective therapy, was discovered by ancient people when they sat down around a fire. They found that the heat not only kept them warm but also relieved certain physical pains. Then they started to use Moxa leaves for the same purpose. Today, in the treatment Moxa leaves are ignited over certain points on the skin's surface.
Acupuncture and moxibustion have many advantages. First, they are applicable in various kinds of diseases and suit therapeutic needs in internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, as well as in preventive medicine. Second, they produce prompt and appreciable cures; increase resistance to disease by providing stimulation at certain points, and stop pain. Third, they are easily practiced and mastered. Furthermore, they produce no or slight side effects, are generally safe, and can be applied together with other therapies.
Acupuncture and moxibustion play an important role not only in advancing Chinese medical science, but also in promoting medical and health science of the whole world.
The development of navigation after the l0th century resulted in the rapid development of China' s foreign trade and exchanges with other countries. Acupuncture and moxibustion were among the Chinese techniques taken to those countries. Many countries took up these techniques in their clinical practice and research.