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Theory Of Holistic Therapy In Chinese Acupuncture

Holistic Therapy In Chinese Acupuncture

The theory of holistic therapy in traditional Chinese medicine is: Different situations will arise for decisions to be made in different diseases or at different stages of a given disease when the theory of distinguishing "what is on the surface" and "what is at the root" is used to analyze a case of disease to determine which aspect of the disease needs urgent treatment and what method is to be employed.

Traditional Chinese medical scholars gradually came to the conclusion that "in the case of an acute illness symptomatic alleviation should first be effected; and in the case of a chronic illness a permanent cure should be effected," is an important principle of medical treatment, which would find wide clinical application. Of course, what was termed "acute" or "urgent" is not to be confined to trouble with urination and defecation or the feeling of fullness in the abdomen. Whatever symptoms which will hamper the whole treatment procedure and the recovery of the patient should be considered as "urgent". For example, if a patient who has a chronic disease is running a fever because of a cold, the cold should be cured first.

Acupuncture is one way of holistic therapy in traditional Chinese medicine:
Acupuncture is capable of reducing a person’s feeling of pain. How can it do that? In order to answer this question, a research team of Havard University

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resorted to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). This method, which is often simply called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), uses a scanning device that can perform diagnostic functions and make quantitative analysis on a sample of tissues. It employs a large magnet to determine the magnetic bearings of a lot of atom nuclei in the patient’s body that is being studied. Radio waves excite the atoms in the body as soon as the magnet is switched on. The atoms instantly move into a high-energy state and emit weak radio signals, which are converted into images of the tissues being researched. Each chemical element in the tissues is represented by a particular radio-wave frequency. The MRI can be used to find, for example, carbon, which will provide information about bone.

The researchers first inserted the needles in the bodies of the subjects at places where the traditional Chinese medical practitioners specified for pain to be reduced. Within a few seconds, the researchers found that the blood flow in a designated zone of each subject’s cerebrum was decreasing gradually. At that moment, all the subjects said that they felt as if they were holding something heavy in their hands. It was exactly this feeling of holding something heavy that indicated that the effect of acupuncture was showing itself as expected, i.e. in a normal manner. If any subject of the study had said that he/she felt some pain (which might actually have been caused by some error in the acupuncture operation), then the MRI scan in his/her case would have shown an increase in blood flow in the designated zone of his/her cerebrum.

Holistic Therapy In Chinese Acupuncture

The researchers said that while blood flow decreases the cerebrum will not be in a condition to "work hard". Therefore, acupuncture can make a designated zone of the cerebrum calm down.

According to the theory of holistic therapy in traditional Chinese medicine, the way of acupuncture should be changed according to the symptoms, when the disease is going on at a slow rate, the crucial point is to detect what is at the root of the pathological change and this is also the key point in the treatment, whereas in the case of a new disease or in the case of appearance of a critical situation in the development of the disease, what is on the surface will become the crucial point of the pathological change and it will also be the key point in the treatment.

In the 6th decade of the 20th century, acupuncture received unprecedented attention and emphasis in China as a discipline of the medical science. A deepened investigation was made into the various modes and styles of needle insertion and their respective therapeutic effects. Experiments were conducted not only on the bodies of human beings but also on those of other animals. There was an upsurge of renewed interest in acupuncture anaesthesia. Perhaps Chinese scientists wanted to get a thorough understanding of the phenomena connected with the almost incredible influence of this kind of needle insertion on human nerves or to test the veracity of the speeches and writings concerning acupuncture anaesthesia. Anyhow, their effort resulted in a marvelous spectacle.

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