Taking Charge – Examining the Need to Take Ownership of Our Profession Stephen Birch
Traditional East Asian Medicine, especially acupuncture and all its related approaches, seems to be constantly under pressure and threat from various sources. This article raises topics that currently pose threats to our profession and what kinds of actions will probably be needed to try to counter them. These threats to our profession are both external and internal. External threats come from groups that want to rid or sideline the profession, groups that want to dictate to us what we do and how to do it, and groups that want to usurp its methods or take ownership of it. Internal threats come from inconsistencies within the field, from being poorly informed about academic debate and knowledge of the profession, and the associated paucity of efforts made to identify and solve the academic and scientific problems we face.
Talking the Same Language: A Systemic Esperanto for a Global Chinese Medicine Yan Schroën
Chinese medicine, especially acupuncture, is becoming increasingly accepted in Western society. Within the field of complementary medicine, acupuncture is now one of the most consulted therapies, leading to an increasing economic interest in Chinese medicine. Governments and health insurers want to engage with complementary medicine, and so with Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese medical associations look to health insurance companies and governments for recognition and compensation for their members. But do these governments and health insurance companies have the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop guidelines and rules? In our profession's search for legitimacy and authenticity we oscillate between validating what we do by referencing either modern research or the ‘classics’.
The Role of the 24-Hour Cycle of Qi in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Insomnia Peter Mole
Chronic insomnia is extremely common. Many of our patients suffer from it and report it as their main complaint or as a secondary complaint. The 24-Hour Cycle of Qi is no longer to be found in contemporary Chinese medical literature but it can provide useful information to help with the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia. The main TCM books also make no distinction between patterns that commonly cause insomnia and those that are extremely rare.
Holism, Chinese Medicine and Systems Ideologies: Rewriting the Past to Imagine the Future Volker Scheid
This paper explores the articulations that have emerged over the last half-century between various types of holism, Chinese medicine and systems biology. It is an inquiry into the historical processes whereby Chinese medicine, holism and systems biology have come to be entangled with each other in the present, and asks how we relate ourselves to the ongoing transformations of the world by the as yet unfinished project of modernity.
The Use of Entry and Exit Points for the Face and Thorax Jonathan Shubs
The flow of meridians was first described in the Spiritual Pivot Chapter 10 giving a specific order in which the meridians follow from one to the other. This order is often also referred to as the Chinese biorhythm or Chinese clock. Its uses are found in Five Element acupuncture to suggest when is the best time to treat a particular meridian, and in other styles such as Tung and Balance Method where it is applied to balancing various meridians. It is rarely used in its capacity to treat the symptoms that can appear along the meridians themselves and their connections to other meridians. The aim of this article is to offer a different approach to the use of entry and exit points, to treat problems of the thorax and the face.
Balance Acupuncture for Pain Relief in Cancer Patients in a Multibed setting – An Internal Feasibility Audit Briony F. Hudson, Robin Burby, Natalie Silverdale and Lesley Storey
This study explores the potential of offering balance acupuncture in a multibed setting for cancer patients experiencing pain. Nine cancer patients attended a six-week course of balance acupuncture delivered in a multibed setting. Two validated assessment measures (MYCaW (Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing) and the pain thermometer) were used to assess changes at baseline, after three weeks of treatment and at the end of a six-week course of treatment. It was found that balance acupuncture in a multibed setting was effective in reducing pain intensity in this patient sample. Formalised research in this area is warranted.