By Anthony Campbell MRCP(UK) FF Hom
A realistic guide describing the foundations and perform of recent scientific acupuncture. This publication frees the practitioner from dependence on rule of thumb and builds on current medical wisdom. Demystifying the needling technique, this publication demonstrates quickly yet powerful therapy of these problems for which acupuncture is appropriate.
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However, superficial acupuncture (subcutaneous only) is probably safe, but deep (intramuscular) acupuncture, periosteal acupuncture, and acupuncture in the muscular compartments in the arm and leg should definitely be avoided. Needle fracture This is unlikely but not impossible. Good-quality disposable needles are generally reliable but should not be inserted ‘up to the hilt’, since the finer kinds tend to bend at this point. If a needle should break, an attempt should be made to pull it out with sterile forceps; if this fails, the patient will have to go to a hospital casualty department.
In fact, what we find in acupuncture is more like a spectrum of opinion. At one extreme there are adherents of the traditional system in its fullest form; most of these, Modern acupuncture 23 although not all, are people who have approached acupuncture without first undergoing a conventional training as a health professional. At the other end of the spectrum are those who reject the traditional system outright and who have often devised their own terminology; for example, some prefer to speak of ‘dry needling’ rather than acupuncture.