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(1)The Efficacy and Prospect of a New Acupuncture Technique:

(2008-02-21 16:37:27)
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The Efficacy and Prospect of a New Acupuncture Technique:

Peripatetic Acupuncture Technique

 

Dr. Naiming Chen

Dr. Shihong Chen

Dr. Minghui Chen

Dr. Xiangping Zhang

 

Preface:  It is necessary for us to be in the right frame of mind if we want TCM to develop strongly, fit right with the times, establish and express its unique style and elegant demeanor.  At present, there are many different opinions, both praising and criticizing of TCM, from home and abroad.  For example, one theory is that TCM is a pseudo-science, should revert to the past and withdraw from the medical insurance.  We oppose TCM from the point of view of science and not culture.  Doubting the scientific value of TCM doesn’t mean denying the cultural value of it. We absolutely support protecting and researching it as a cultural heritage.  It’s not difficult to find a great market, no matter how absurd the theory. In such a nation, in which the ratio of public who have a good scientific cultivation is low, it’s more popular to stir the emotions of the people rather than to analyze it rationally.  In Great Britain, through 18 months of investigation, the superior court of parliament holds the idea that TCM has a tint of feudalism and superstition and is not worthy to be researched.  In Europe, some think that acupuncture cannot cure any disease and it can only create pain.  Scholars in Japan have said that they could overtake China in the study of TCM in 3 to 5 years.  Professor Xibo Man has pointed out that Japan has shown this trend to substitute China as the center of the world in the study of TCM.  If the above is true, how should China proceed in development and attract the attention of the world?  The scientific development concept put forward by president Jintao Hu is deeply rooted in the soul of the Chinese people and this will become the power behind the development of TCM. If we want the development of TCM to accelerate, we should not be arrogant and blindly compare everything to western medicine, nor should we place ourselves in an inferior position.  We should know ourselves well, find the strengths and advantages and learn from them.  From a strategically standpoint, we should exert our advantages and conquer our disadvantages. On a tactical standpoint, we should exert our advantages and avoid our disadvantages.  Conquering our disadvantages will allow us to exert our advantages and find a good point to focus our efforts.  We must learn and absorb the essence of each other and develop harmoniously.  With a well-combined effort of TCM and Western medicine, we can create a new medicine shining brightly with Chinese characteristics.

 

First, why is the advanced acupuncture reinforcing and reducing method so important?

We think that the advanced acupuncture reinforcing and reducing method is of great consequence in the acupuncture field, the field of modern research and into TCM and its clinical application.  It is one of the keys to invigorate TCM.  For the sake of supporting this point of view and enhancing the strength of persuasion, some literature are cited partially as follows:

Easily Learning into Acupuncture: What is difficult is not in the point selection but in the manipulation method. A doctor can never treat patients for a lifetime when he knows the points, but is ignorant of the manipulation method.

Ode of Golden Needle: We could treat the emergent and severe patient, only when we know the reinforcing and reducing method well.

Chapter of Evil Qi, ZangFu Organs and Symptoms of Disease in Lingshu: The disease will become worse when it is reinforced or reduced wrongly.

Chapter of Explanation of Different Needles in SuWen: When treating the deficiency syndromes, a hot sensation around the needling area is a sign of abundant Qi; this is a successful reinforcing method.  When treating excess syndromes, a cold sensation around the needling area is a sign of deficient Qi; this is a successful reducing method.  The representing manipulations are “Burning Mountain Fire” and “Penetrating Heaven Cold,” both has certain manipulation patterns and several variations between traditional advanced acupuncture reinforcing and reducing methods.  The former is a reinforcing method, which can produce a warm or hot sensation.  It can be verified by advanced scientific equipment like infrared heat detection and recording equipment et al.  The Burning Mountain Fire method has a good therapeutic effect in treating syndromes such as deficiency cold and weakness including weakness, immunodeficiency, fatigue, depression and poor mood adaptation.  The latter is a reducing method, which can produce a cool or cold sensation.  It is applicable for patients with syndromes of excessiveness, abnormal excitement, violent rage, upward flow of deficient fire and asthenia fire and including maladjustment of immunity, et al.  For some diseases, both methods should be applied together to achieve a good therapeutic efficacy.  Of course, for the sake of achieving different results, we usually select different acupoints along different meridians according to the differentiation of pathogen, disease, syndrome, acupoints on meridians, et al. There is a vastitude of space for the combination application of reinforcing and reducing method.  The pictures as follows, are part of many taken with the infrared heat detecting and recording equipment during my advanced acupuncture manipulation research in the Acupuncture Department of Chinese Academy of Sciences of TCM in 1986.  Group A were taken before and after the Burning Mountain Fire reinforcing method at DU4 acupoint.  A1 was before and A2 was after the reinforcing method.  Group B were taken before and after the Penetrating Heaven Cold reducing method at SP6 acupoint.  B1 was before and B2 was after the reducing method.

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 The general idea of what we have discussed above emphasizes the idea of reinforcing the deficiency and reducing the excessiveness acupuncture manipulations used since the ancient times in the treatment of disease.  We should first be very proficient in disease differentiation, syndromes, acupoints along different meridians and the imbalance and excess and deficiency before we can use the needle.  That is why acupuncture can treat difficult, severe, acute and chronic diseases with high and quick efficacy.  This is the key by which acupuncture can enter the field of treating the acute diseases again When using the advanced acupuncture reinforcing and reducing methods, the basic criterions of producing high efficacy are as follows:  Make sure that there is a warm or hot sensation when applying the reinforcing method and that there is a cool or cold sensation when applying the reducing method.  Of course, although the sensation of the patient is not impersonal, we can provide impersonal evidence such as recording the whole process of the rise and fall of the body temperature recorded by Infrared Heat Equipment, tangent continual temperature detecting and recording equipment, et al.  Some other equipments or signs such as Digital Continual Microcirculation under the Nail Bed Recording Equipment, Dynamic MRI, Bio-Chemical Blood Test, Immunity Function, Saliva, Tear et al, can also be chosen to show the variation before and after the treatment methods.  To show evidence of the characteristics of TCM, modern advanced technological equipment can be used; for example, Deficiency and Excessiveness of Zang Xiang, balance between Yin and Yang Testing Equipment, et al.  However, variation in the temperature before and after the puncturing is limited to whether the manipulation is successful or not. And what’s more, the variation has some relationship with excessiveness or deficiency.  Why are the advanced acupuncture reinforcing and reducing methods seldom known or applied to improve efficacy and to conquer the difficult diseases since the methods are so important?  There are many reasons; for example, there is multiple reinforcing and reducing methods such as Burning Mountain Fire and Penetrating Heaven Cold listed in the teaching material book Acupuncture and Moxibustion Methodology for the acupuncture and Moxibustion College or department.  But first, students have many interests and tend to ignore the important techniques.  Second, the recordation in the literature of ancient times are dissociable, for example, the forward or backward rotation of the thumb, different recordation between male and female et al, can confuse the reader. Third, many teachers cannot master these techniques and skills. This blocks them in teaching their students.  The result is that there are few people who enter into the field of the advanced acupuncture reinforcing and reducing method.  There are even fewer people who can repeat these high techniques with a high success ratio.  At present, high technological equipment are applied to show the variations of related signs and show it’s high efficacy. This stirs great attention and participation from related government sections, people from various fields and especially from the media.  This writer believes deeply believes this series of methods, with its high efficacy, will be seen and accepted by both medical clinicians and patients.  These special techniques will become more and more refined and will enter into a new scope of activity.  Through the mechanics analysis of the acupuncture reinforcing and reducing methods, the first writer has solved the relationship differentiation between the component of forces and composition of forces, making the enigma recordation in the literature clear.  Furthermore, the first writer has excogitated the skill of its application.  During the Secretary-General Conference of China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in the eastern district, the first writer had the opportunity to get the mechanics wave variation graph of reinforcing and reducing methods through the modern Three-dimensional Mechanics Measurement Equipment on Acupuncture Manipulation.  Deep analysis and research of the graph showed that the first writer achieved the successful ratio using complex reinforcing and reducing methods, such as the Burning Mountain Fire and Penetrating Heaven Cold methods.  The methods were first verified in 1986 by Infrared Heat Equipment in the Acupuncture department of China Academy of Chinese Medical Science They were again verified, in German, by Infrared Heat Equipment and Contact Continual Temperature Detecting and Recording Equipment, at the AKH National Hospital Laboratory in Austria, where the first writer was sent to implement the Sina-Austria A-17 Science Convention Up until now, the first writer has seldom failed in demonstrating the Burning Mountain Fire and Penetrating Heaven Cold methods, including performances in Korea in 1993, America in 1996, Russia and Britain.  Based on the study above, the first writer with great concentration and careful study summarized his findings and created the Peripatetic Acupuncture Reinforcing and Reducing Methods, which are more powerful in efficacy and more comfortable for patients.  The Peripatetic Acupuncture Reinforcing and Reducing Methods have characteristics such as high technological quality, high taste and grand foreground of application, et al.

 

(to be continued)

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