Symposium Acupuncture Anesthesia and Acupuncture Treatment

  • SHIROTA Fumihiko
    財団法人 日産厚生会玉川病院内科 東京女子医科大学麻酔科

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  • シンポジウム 鍼麻酔と鍼灸治療
  • シン マスイ ト シンキュウ リョウホウ
  • Acupuncture Anesthesia and Acupuncture-Moxibustion Therapy
  • 針麻酔と針灸療法

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The ancient acupuncture-moxibustion therapy may be explained as excitement (physiological reaction) produced through stimulation.<br>The system of treatment to a certain extent is based on this experimental stimulation-reaction date, however this, system is yet incomplete.<br>It is essential that we not assume the superiority of acupuncture-moxibustion therapy at its present level, but rather continue our efforts toward increasing the accuracy and correctness of this style of therapy.<br>If research or the collection of data is condudted in the future in the rambling manner that it has been until this time we can not expect any great leaps forward In the development of this field.<br>We were given an unexpected close-up look into the fact that it is possible to utilize acupuncture anesthesia, the phenomena by which the pain threshhold of a certain area of the body can be raised significantly when stimulation is administered in the proper area, in various surgical procedures. This procedure, the application of continuous electrical stimulation to a needle inserted at an acupuncture point is also applicable in the realm of acupuncture therapy.<br>As the history of electrical acupuncture is short, there are still various aspects and problems in this area which are not completely understood however it is known that problems which regular regular acupuncture therapy cen not solve are in some cases responding to electrical acupuncture therapy.<br>This is one of the merits of this new method, There are also various deficiencies in this method, for example, it reduces the amount of human contact between the patient and therapist, it reduces the level of acupuncture skill or technique, it may cause the possible impairment of conditions, etc.<br>The main difference between regular acupuncture therapy and the new electrical acupuncture therapy is that the former utilizes a stimulation for a short period of time while the latter utilizes a continuous stimulation over an extended period of time. Also the latter makes use of electrical energy which is inherent to the human body and is the most proper means for stimulation.<br>At this time, based on the experience with acupuncture anesthesia I would like to speak about what it is necessary to reexamine in regard to acu-moxa therapy, using the combination of three elements, extended periods of continuous stimulation, a small number of points and exactness in my approach to find a solution for this problem and a new method.



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