Acupunctură

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Acupunctura este un tip de medicină tradițională chineză bazată pe inserarea de ace în piele în puncte specifice.

Tehnică

(de tradus) Its theoretical basis is that health and sickness are caused by the good or bad flow of chi through the body, in particular along the twelve major meridians of the body (though some authorities list fourteen or even more) which run from head to toe along the body, and which are associated with the bladder, gallbladder, heart, large intestine, small intestine, kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen, stomach, pericardium, and "triple heater" also known as "triple burner" in English. "Triple heater" is by necessity a translation from the Chinese: as there is no such organ, there is no correct medical term for it.

The acupuncturist treats the ailments of these various parts by inserting needles at points lying on these meridians, known simply as "acupuncture points" and manipulating the needles to increase or decrease the flow of chi along that meridian.

Variants on acupuncture include auricular acupuncture, which involves sticking needles into particular parts of the outer ear, which supposedly correspond to different body parts (essentially reflexology with ears instead of feet); electroacupuncture, in which the needle carries a small electric current.

Analiză

Acupunctura cu scobitori

Un studiu menit să compare acupunctura efectuată „conform teoriei” (adică prin folosirea acelor specifice, inserate în punctele recomandate de teorie, de-a lungul „meridianelor energetice”) cu acupunctura efectuată prin împungerea la întâmplare, cu scobitori, a arătat că nu există diferențe între cele două. Astfel, acupunctura efectuată „corect” nu aduce niciun avantaj, sugerând că bazele ei teoretice nu stau în picioare. Orice efect are, se poate obține și cu largi variații de la rețeta originală. [1]

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