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Modern Acupuncture Treatment

In the past 40 years the mechanism of acupuncture and moxibustion has been brought to light to some extent with the help of modern science and technology.  It can be summarized as follows:

 Acupuncture Analgesia

It is a method with acupuncture or electro-acupuncture to relieve or remove pain  As early as in the Stone Age period, the bian stones were used in the treatment of pains.  In Bo Shu (Book Copied on Silk) there is the record of pain relieved by moxibustion.  In Huang Di Nei Jing ( Huangdi' s Cannon of Medicine ) there are about 10 treatises covering the topic of pain relief by acupuncture and moxibustion.  From ancient times to the present pain is the main disorder treated by acupuncture.  Medical practice in the past two thousand years had seen the fact that various acute or chronic pains were alleviated by acupuncture and moxibustion.

Modern Researches of Acupuncture Analgesia
According to the Milan Conference, sponsored by the WHO in Nov. 1996, 32 out of the 64 indications of acupuncture and moxibustion are for pain.  Researches of the mechanism of acupuncture analgesia are prior to the researches of the mechanism of acupuncture . These researches reveal the material basis and neurochemical mechanism of acupuncture analgesia, which is in the lead in the world. The results of researches have been universally accepted by the international acupuncture professionals, which lays a foundation for modernization of Chinese medicine.
Some scholars have found that (1) Acupuncture analgesia is related to the central neurotransmitters (5-HT, etc.) and neuropeptide (endorphin, etc.); (2) Electro-stimulation with different frequency of waves may cause release of various kinds of neuropeptide, and the alternate use of high and low frequency may have the best analgesia effect; (3)  Acupuncture may trigger the endogenous analgesia mechanism.  It can also regulate the acupuncture message from the peripheral and central nervous system and the physical injury message.   
Acupuncture is usually used to treat pains,which is the advantage of traditional Chinese medicine.It iseasy to do with quick response.
Indications of Acupuncture Analgesia: Headache, pain of the five sense organs, hypochondriac pain, gastric and abdominal pain, back and lower back pain, neuralgia, etc.

Acupuncture Anesthesia

With its analgetic action combined with other anesthetic methodsthe dose of anesthetics can be reduced when acupuncture is applied. This is an approach to improve the surgical quality, known as acupuncture anesthesia. Acupuncture anesthesia started in 1958, and it was widely used in 1970s and 1980s.  It is often used for the following operations: thyroidectomy, cesarean section, tooth extraction,pneumonectomy, tubal ligation, cervical anterior approach, etc. Acupuncture anesthesia has the following effects: pain relief, anti-traumatic shock and anti-infection in surgery, and promotion of tissue restoration.

Regulating the Immune Function
Influence of Acupuncture on Non-Specific Immune Function:
Acupuncture may regulate the number of white blood cells, the  macrophage  phagocytic function, the immune function of the red blood cells, humoral immune complement, etc.
Acupuncture may regulate the form and function of the central immune organs(thymus gland), T-lymphocyte transformation rate, disproportion of T-cellular subgroups, NK cellular immunological competence, Ig of the humoral immunity, and cell factors.
 (1)  Acupuncture is most effective for acute or chronic inflammation caused by bacteria or viruses or other factors.
(2)Frequently used points:  Hegu (LI4), Zusanli (ST36),Tianshu (ST25), Dazhui (GV14), Quchi (LI11) and Ashi points 
Subsiding Fever
(1)  Acupuncture may subside fever caused by bacteria or other factors.
(2)  Frequently used points:  Dazhui (GV14), Quchi (LI11), Baihui (GV20), Mingmeng (GV4) and Jing-Well points.

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