There is no doubt that acupuncture works; the National Institutes of Health 1997 consensus statement15 confirmed this. It is a time-tested, albeit empirical treatment we can offer our patients. Because acupuncture can only help, and never hurt our patients, we should always consider it among our armamentarium of therapies.

Figure 9-5.2. Target organs/zones. (Courtesy of Acupuncture Energetics, by J Helms,Medical Acupuncture Publishers, Berkeley, CA, 1995.)

The patient had a good response after the first treatment for 1 day. This was enough encouragement to continue weekly. After each session, he reported longer and longer responses. He continued weekly sessions for the next 12 weeks before tapering gradually to once a month. S.B. continues to receive regular treatment and is quite satisfied. Frequency and urgency are under good control and he has almost no bladder-type pain symptoms presently. He has also noted that his inflammatory bowel symptoms are under the best control ever.

Patient N.B. is a 51-year-old woman with chronic pelvic pain since the onset of menopause 3 years earlier. Her chief complaint, however, is dyspareunia, resulting she believes, from her pelvic pain. This has caused, needless to say, a great deal of stress between her and her husband. She is otherwise generally healthy, even athletic, and would like to get her pain under control and enjoy her life more.

Physical examination reveals a petite, well-groomed, middle-aged woman. Palpation of abdominal acupuncture points elicits only minimal response. No tender areas at all are found in the posterior buttock region. I decide to give this patient a Chong Mo circuit with all the focusing points described in Table 9-5.1. The change in pain pattern is only slight immediately after the first treatment. However, she reports at the following appointment that the symptoms continued to resolve for several days after. After another two treatments, for a total of three, she claims total resolution of the dyspareunia and a return to normal relations

Acupuncture For Cynics

Acupuncture For Cynics

Have You Always Been Curious About Acupuncture, But Were Never Quite Sure Where To Stick The Needles? If you associate acupuncture with needles, pain and weird alternative medicine then you are horribly misinformed about the benefits of the world's oldest form of medicinal treatment.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment