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We believe that acupuncture is good for many conditions but current UK law administered by the British Advertising Standards Authority now insists that only when ‘robust’ evidence is available may claims for efficacy actually be made.
By ‘robust’ evidence they mean neither
They are both regarded as inadequate! They regard such lists as being based only on positive evidence and not on all reviews including those of research conducted on a condition where the results were also found to be negative or inconclusive.
We would point out that although, for convenience, conditions with names such as nausea, vomiting and dental pain are treated as such (and successfully according to their requirements for ‘robust’ evidence) acupuncturists don’t treat such conditions!
For example, ‘nausea’ is not such a syndrome.
Nausea can arise in Chinese medicine from a multitude of syndromes, some easier to treat than others, such as
- Liver qi stagnation with invasion of the Stomach
- Stomach qi not descending
- Stomach Full condition
- Cold in the Stomach, and so on. (Yes, there are more!)
- A combination of the above
When you visit your acupuncturist, you may think you are being treated for nausea, your 'presenting' condition.
Actually, your acupuncturist will be thinking about which, of a number of different ways to diagnose your problem, is appropriate - and that's what he or she will treat, whatever you call it!
If the treatment is successful, your nausea will improve – almost as a side effect.
People often don't know about the wealth of conditions that acupuncture is used for. Sometimes they've been told by a friend that acupuncture is good for the problem the friend had, but assume it's no good for anything else.
Or they assume it's good for everything!
He (or she) needs to know the answers to these questions not just so as to guide him away from inappropriate treatment but to give him a deeper understanding of your condition.
For example, you may think that your pacemaker controls your heart so your acupuncturist need not worry about it.
However, if your heartbeat is being 'controlled' that means that at least one of the basic syndromes in Chinese medicine needs attention - and that may be as well as the syndrome he might otherwise have diagnosed.
By diagnosing your symptoms into syndromes, your acupuncturist can tell you which of them acupuncture is good for.
Also, if you have pain along one or more channels, he may be able to clear any blockage or deficiency in those channels, thereby relieving pain. Is acupuncture good for acupuncture channel problems?
It most certainly is! Channel theory is a huge part of the general theory behind acupuncture and a skilled practitioner can often alleviate pain remarkably quickly through using it.
Alternatively, ring him on 07950 012501 or freephone (only free to telephone within the UK) 0800 298 7015.
All the books in the 'Chinese Medicine in English' series should be fully accessible on Kindles and Kindle apps. (Or you can buy the softback print editions, of course.)
('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)
If, having read one of my books you can write a review - preferably positive - that would help others decide whether to read it.
You can put your review on Amazon or, on this site, here.
And if you think it was terrible?
Well, let me know so I can improve it for the next person. (Ideally let me know before cursing it in public!)
Here are some of the books I (Jonathan) have written.
Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can borrow the first four for 'free'.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
Three Reviews so far. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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