Acupuncture: Theories and Evidence by Hong Hai

By Hong Hai

Acupuncture is broadly practised within the twenty first century in scientifically built nations for quite a lot of diseases starting from power soreness, giddiness and hypertension to gastrointestinal issues and sexual disorder. but the explanations for its vaunted efficacy stay an issue of controversy. In conventional chinese language clinical idea, the mechanism of motion in acupuncture used to be understood by way of the stream of qi and the stability of yin and yang throughout the body's meridians, a posh community painstaking charted yet by no means stumbled on. sleek scientific researchers have tested previous and new needling issues, and a few view them as "trigger issues" that stimulate physiological responses within the physique. there's additionally transparent proof of sturdy placebo results, even though it has no longer been conclusively demonstrated that that this is often both the most or the one major impression.

This quantity includes twelve articles protecting the newest medical motives of the mechanism of acupuncture and demanding studies of medical trials on its efficacy via major students, together with Edzard Ernst at Exeter, Lixing Lao on the collage of Maryland, laptop Leung on the chinese language college of Hong Kong and Thomas Lundeberg at Karolinska Institute.

Hong Hai is Senior Fellow on the Institute of complex reports and Adjunct Professor, Nanyang Technological collage, Singapore and Director of the Renhai health facility.

Readership: doctors, either Western doctors and TCM practitioners, acupuncturists, researchers and scholars. additionally, libraries of TCM specialist institutions and instructing institutes.

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On this issue Sivin and Lloyd said “objectivity did not become an issue” (Ref. 61, pp. 192) and “Scientific pursuits in China thus did not aim at stepwise approximations to an objective reality but at recovery of what the archaic sages already knew” (Ref. 61, pp. 193). There has been a virtual lack in traditional East Asian thinking of the ‘either-or’ thinking that is a hallmark of the scientific approach. In the either-or assumptive model, one cannot accept the validity of competing ideas; if one idea is considered right a contradictory one must be wrong.

This was not a problem for early authors since they did not assume that if one approach was right the other had to be wrong. Rather, ideas and assumptions of all kinds coexist at many different ‘levels’ of interpretation with no attempt or indeed any reason to derive an absolute truth. Of this Unschuld has written “The unique feature of the Chinese situation — and this should receive more attention from historians and philosophers of science — is the continuous tendency towards a syncretism of all ideas that exist (within accepted limits).

Birch or even help regulate physiological systems. Yoshio Manaka developed a line of reasoning that hints at this. ) are ‘real’ how can they be investigated when accessed by so many different styles and levels of stimulation — TCM needling — simple non-stimulatory needling — Japanese Meridian Therapy inserted needling — various non-penetrating needling? He realised that this is like looking for the lowest common denominator in a sequence of numbers such as: 2 – 8 – 30 – 68 – 188 – 368. The only thing they have in common is the number 1 or 2.

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