Acupuncture in Practice: Beyond Points and Meridians, 2e by Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom

By Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom

A realistic guide describing the foundations and perform of recent clinical acupuncture. This publication frees the practitioner from dependence on rule of thumb and builds on present scientific wisdom. Demystifying the needling strategy, this publication demonstrates fast yet powerful remedy of these problems for which acupuncture is appropriate.

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Beginners are often taught to use these tubes. Many experienced acupuncturists, including me, dislike them and remove them before inserting the needles. It is a matter of choice whether or not to use the tubes, but if you are dependent on them you may encounter difficulties if the only needles available happen to lack them. I don’t like to teach people to use techniques I don’t use myself and I therefore always show students how to insert the plain needles, but there is no reason why acupuncturists should not use the tubes if they wish.

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Here further relays take them to the cerebral cortex, where they are consciously registered as pain. After further processing, impulses will then travel down the motor system to the muscles to make you withdraw your foot (and possibly travel to your vocal apparatus to make you swear). Quite apart from any problems with the homunculus, this simple input– output model doesn’t accord with the known facts. For example, it doesn’t explain how injuries received in battle or in sport sometimes cause no pain at all at the time, nor does it account for the suppression of pain by hypnosis.

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