Medical Acupuncture for Perceived Stress

It’s not often I interact with military folk nowadays, but had the pleasure of teaching a US Navy Commander who attended the recent BMAS Foundation Course. Commander Jane Abanes arrived looking rather serious before extending her hand with a warm smile. Before long, we were chatting about her recent research paper, acupuncture mechanisms and the limitations of sham-controlled RCT’s.
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What's in a name? Acupuncture vs Intramuscular Stimulation

According to the British Medical Acupuncture Society, the word acupuncture is derived from Latin stemming from ‘acus’ meaning needle and ‘punctura’ meaning puncture. The technique involves piercing the skin with fine metal needles in order to relieve symptoms, cure disease and promote health.

 

The GEANF was founded in 2004, bringing together 14 pain specialists and researchers in a top down and bottom up neuromodulation.

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Why medical acupuncture treatment with me?

In Ireland there are largely two types of professional groups that practise acupuncture.

One group has studied acupuncture as part of Chinese Traditional Medicine studies; the other will have completed four years of Western medical studies (to become a doctor or a physiotherapist for example) and have learned about acupuncture as a post-graduate study, concentrated on and applicable to their western training.

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Treating chronic Fatigue Syndrome

downloadChronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by severe disabling fatigue, accompanied by four of more of the following symptoms: unrefreshing sleep, exertional malaise, impaired concentration, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, headaches and musculoskeletal pain.

The cause is not fully understood but there are various hypotheses including immunological, endocrine and viral illness. CBT and graded exercise programmes are the more common treatment approaches.

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LI4 for for Pain and Headaches

LI4 is often described as the universal ‘pain point’ and features often in the traditional literature.

We use LI4 in medical acupuncture, often but not exclusively in the treatment of chronic headache such as migraine and tension headache.

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