Medical Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. It is performed by licensed health care professionals who have training in the medical/health sciences. Such health professionals may use one or the other approach, or a combination of both, to treat dysfunction or illness.
The principal differences between the traditional and medical styles can be summarized as follows.
|Follows rules laid down in the past||Largely ignores the old rules|
|Based on pre-scientific ideas||Based on modern anatomy and physiology|
|Practical rather than mystical but appeals to Westerners interested in mysticism||No element of mysticism|
These differences are theoretical, but there are also practical differences. Medical Acupuncturists use many fewer needles (sometimes only one) and practise brief insertion (from two or three minutes right down to one second). Brief needling techniques are also used by those traditionally trained, so treatments can often be shorter than traditional Chinese acupuncture.
Medical Acupuncture includes:
|Based On Modern Anatomy||Trigger Point Therapy For Muscles||Periosteal ‘Pecking’ For Bone|
|Sterile Single Use Needles||Short Treatment Around Painful Area||As Used By Doctors|
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