The Gateway Clinic Experience: The Treatment of HIV and AIDS using TCM John Tindall The Gateway Clinic has five levels of approach to sufferers of drug abuse, HIV or AIDS. Relaxation and outreach starts a detoxification programme. A general balancing of the patterns of ill health presented follows this. Level 3 looks at specific procedures for acute episodes that invariably characterise the conditions. At the fourth level difficult patterns are dealt with - infections, complications, a variety of medical conditions. Level 5 involves the practice of qi gong. All levels depend on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) analysis. The aim is to create optimum levels of health, physically, mentally and spiritually, regardless of the stage at which the client might present. Read the article as a PDF file (562Kb)
Acupuncture and HIV: A Personal View Oran Kivity An approach to catastrophic illnesses, diseases which are more than life threatening, they are life overturning. Self-empowerment is as important as the relief of symptoms. Such illnesses can be a powerful catalyst for positive change.
A Patient's Commentary An example of an AIDS patient who 'came back' from a severe state of illness and distress.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chinese Medicine Hugh MacPherson and Richard Blackwell This review article has three sections. The introduction looks at the western medical understanding of RA and identifies a role for Chinese medicine. There follows a critique of a number of controlled trials and studies. The final section considers Chinese medicine in clinical practice, its approach to treatment and patient management.
Asthma Giovanni Maciocia A chapter from the author's book The Practice of Chinese Medicine deals with early onset asthma especially in children and young adults. The connections and differences between Xiao-Chuan (wheezing-breathlessness) and allergic asthma follow pathology and aetiology of allergic asthma in western medicine. The chapter concludes with a new theory of allergic asthma in Chinese medicine.
The Triple Burner as 'The Regulator of Body Temperature' Peter Mole Three case histories in which treatment was solely with acupuncture using an integration of different styles focussed on the Triple Burner meridian.
The Superwoman and the Victim: A Discussion of Two Cases of ME Sandra Hill Medical tests show no positive results. Patients are not believed. It is all in the mind. Acupuncture procedures are slow but effective. A learning process for practitioners and patients alike.
A Patient's Viewpoint: Acupuncture and the Treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis A short article from a sufferer of ME who writes about their experience of acupuncture and the belief that it provides one of the very few forms of treatment that genuinely facilitates the healing process.
Types of Research Designs Francesca Diebschlag The second of two articles exploring some of the methodological problems surrounding scientific research into acupuncture. The first article (published in EJOM Vol 1, No 2) dealt with developing an appropriate control for acupuncture treatment in experimental designs. This article describes some alternatives to controlled trials.
The Graduate in a Developing Profession Sibyl Coldham and Felicity Moir How do we arrive at a standard for the new practitioner? How do we ensure that our graduates are best fitted to meet the challenges of their new careers?