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Acupuncture Anaesthesia And the Physiological Basis of Acupuncture
Acupuncture Anaesthesia

© George T. Lewith MA, MRCGP, MRCP

This short summary of the available evidence strongly suggests that acupuncture is having a fundamental physiological effect on the human body. The reason for including this section is that the scientific investigation of acupuncture is an integral part of the modern Chinese approach to acupuncture; this brief review just summarizes some of the current ideas in this field and more detailed information, dealing with these and other concepts, is available in many Western scientific journals (particularly the journal Pain). The effect of acupuncture on the body is attracting a great deal of scientific interest, both in China and the West. The field is changing fast and progressively more of the empirical findings of the ancient Chinese are being scientifically validated.

References

1 Melzack et al, 1977, Pain, 3 (1977), page 3.
2 Becker et al, Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, (1975) page 533.
3 National Symposia of Acupuncture Moxibustion and Acupuncture Anaesthesia, Peking, 1979.
4 Teral (Doctoral thesis), Faculty of Medicine, Montpellier, (1975).
5 Chapman et al, Pain, 9 (1980), page 183.
6 Lewith et al, Pain, 16 (1983), page 111.
7 Hill et al, Experimental Brain Research, 9 (1969), page 284.
8 Niboyet et al, L'Anaesthesic par l'Acupuncture, Moulins-les Metz, France, (1973).
9 Eh Shen et al, Chinese Medical Journal, 1 (1975), page 431.
10 Melzack et al, Science, 150 (1965), page 197.
11 Melzack et al, Pain, 1 (1975), page 357.
12 Akil et al, Science, 201 (1978), page 463.
13 Pomeranz, Advances in Biomedical Psychopharmacology, 18, page 351.
14 Anon, 1974, Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2 (1974), page 261.
15 Han Jisheng, National Symposia of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Acupuncture Anaesthesia. Peking, 1979, page 27.

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George Lewith attended Trinity College, Cambridge and Westminster Hospital Medical School. He has worked as a Senior House Officer and Registrar within the Westminster and University College Hospital Teaching Groups in London. After training as a GP, he practised medicine in Australia before returning to England. He continues to lecture at Southampton University’s Department of......more
 
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