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Acupuncture in Physiotherapy: Key Concepts and by Val Hopwood PhD FCSP Dip Ac Nanjing

By Val Hopwood PhD FCSP Dip Ac Nanjing

This publication permits readers to increase their perform through expanding their figuring out of acupuncture and indicating the place and the way it's going to profit their sufferers. not like many vague acupuncture texts, this booklet makes the assimilation of information of chinese and scientific philosophies effortless.

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The Chinese doctors observed the symptoms of chronic heart disease and surmised, quite correctly, that the heart was failing in its function of pumping the blood around the body. That they attributed this to ‘Phlegm obstructing the Heart Orifices’ is only semantics, as the points that they selected over many, many years of trial still appear to have some value (Ballegaard et al 1993). What is more fascinating is that their idea that an ‘uprush of Liver Wind’, taking with it Qi and Blood, was the cause of Windstroke or stroke.

5 gives suggested acupuncture points for Wind Bi. Cold invasion Cold invasion is characterized by severe pain and limitation of movement, and is often called Painful Bi. It is usually unilateral. The pain is often described as deep and ‘gnawing’. The Cold is perceived as being capable of freezing the tissues, contracting and blocking the meridian. Any blockage of the meridian produces pain. The pain with Cold has a constant site, and is frequently accompanied by loss of joint movement, mainly due to the accompanying blood stagnation.

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