Contemporary Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, 1st Edition by Claire M. Cassidy

By Claire M. Cassidy

Modern perform OF ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL drugs explores the idea and perform of oriental drugs, explaining what oriental drugs is and the way it really works. It discusses the effectiveness of oriental medication in treating a couple of universal issues, together with ache regulate, substance abuse, bronchial asthma, digestive issues, women's reproductive healthiness, HIV, melancholy, CNS malfunctions, and extra. this article offers the reader an advent to the traditional theoretical foundations of chinese language drugs, besides glimpses into what an afternoon within the lifetime of a contemporary practitioner is absolutely like. a part of the scientific publications to Complementary and replacement medication sequence, this booklet used to be written with the normal medical professional in brain.

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In many traditions, the distal Points are believed to influence all the functions of the Meridians on which they are located, while the local Points are believed to have a more restricted influence on nearby structures and their associated functions. This classification scheme is a drastic simplification of traditional teachings, but it does allow for a clearer understanding of the various options in choice of treatment Points adopted by different traditions. The classic texts did not provide extensive dis- 29 cussions of Point functions, but contemporary practitioners have found such an approach useful and several such rubrics have been developed.

The next category of Meridians, the Superficial Connecting Meridians, is associated with the blood vessels, and particularly the veins. When these Superficial Vessels are in an Excess state, they can be seen as blue 28 CONTEMPORARY CHINESE MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE (cold) or red (hot) structures (Meridians) that can be directly needled or bled to promote circulation. Certain Japanese schools of acupuncture focus extensively on this bleeding technique. Finally, the Lesser Connecting Meridians appear to be a miscellaneous group accounting for the distribution of Qi down to the most minute components of the organism; these are of more theoretical than clinical interest.

As if it were not difficult enough to conceptualize Qi moving simultaneously in opposite directions as in these two models, there is also a movement of Qi between Principal Meridians that seems to take place outside of any spatial context. Although the COIlnecting (LuoMai in Chinese, also translated as Reticular Conduits and Junctional Meridians), Divergent, and Extraordinary Meridians all provide alternate CHAPTER 2 The Theory of Oriental Medicine routes for Principal Meridians to exchange Qi, what is being alluded to is a delocalized movement of Qi that occurs presumably by the same sort of Energetic resonance that underlies the concepts of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, and the Organ functions themselves.

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