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Modern medical acupuncture 

Modern medical acupuncture
Modern medical acupuncture

Anthony Campbell

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date: 12 June 2021

At present, acupuncture is one of the most widely used forms of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) in Western countries. It is used mainly for the treatment of pain, and especially that due to musculoskeletal conditions. Clinical experience indicates that it is often effective for these disorders but technical problems make randomized clinical trials difficult to perform and evaluate. Most people probably think of acupuncture as based on esoteric ideas of ancient provenance, but another view explains it in terms of modern neurophysiology. Many health professionals approach it in this way, although opinions vary as to how many of the traditional ideas to preserve. Traditional acupuncture is complicated and requires practitioners to adopt unfamiliar ways of thinking; but the modern version can be integrated easily into current practice without the need for a lengthy period of training. This chapter is concerned exclusively with the modern type of acupuncture.

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