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Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain

An Integrative Approach

Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain is aimed at both beginners and experienced practitioners who are treating patients with painful conditions. It provides an integrative approach using conventional and traditional Chinese Medicine in the treatment of pain with acupuncture. It is especially suited for conventionally (western) trained physicians, who are interested in complementary approaches and seek a guideline to judge the potentials and limits of acupuncture in the treatment of pain.

The book consists of two parts. The first part (chapter 2-8) gives the background for both traditional Chinese concepts to pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pain and basics of the conventional, western approach to pain treatment. The second part (chapter 9-17) gives detailed information for the integrative treatment of all common painful conditions. For every single indication, conventional and traditional Chinese treatment options (including Chinese phytotherapy) are shown and the value of acupuncture, scientific data about its efficacy, and its possible mode of action (in western-physiological terms) are discussed.

For all readers this book offers a modern integrative approach, which is based on scientific data and the clinical experience of the authors that Western and Traditional Chinese medicine complement each other and can create synergistic effects.

Hardbound, 560 Pages

Published: January 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-06869-0


  • Part I: The basics

    1 Introduction

    2 Pain from the western scientific medicine perspective

    2.1 Foundations
    2.2 Diagnosis of chronic pain
    2.3 General treatment guidelines for chronic pain
    2.4 Conventional pain treatment
    2.5 Western naturopathic approaches to pain treatment

    3 Pain from the traditional Chinese medicine perspective

    3.1 Basic characheristics of traditional Chinese medicine
    3.2 Pathogenesis of pain
    3.3 The concept of Bi obturation
    3.4 Prevention

    4 Diagnosis and differential diagnosis in TCM

    4.1 Perspectives in the West and East
    4.2 History taking
    4.3 Special physical examination
    4.4 Syndrome differentiation
    4.5 Correlation between western disease categories and syndrome pattern
    4.6 Significance of syndrome diagnosis in treatment

    5 Guidelines for TCM treatment of pain

    5.1 Formulating treatment principles (Zhize)
    5.2 Treatment of the 'root' (Ben) and 'branches' (Biao)
    5.3 Treatment options

    6 Acupuncture

    6.1 Definition
    6.2 Neurobiological mechanisms of action
    6.3 Indications
    6.4 Contraindications
    6.5 Undesired side-effects
    6.6 Techniques and practical application
    6.7 Treatment principles
    6.8 Warming the acupoints: moxibustion
    6.9 Related Techniques

    7 Channels and important acupoints

    7.1 Channels and acupoints
    7.2 Acupoints from a western scientific point of view

    8 Further treatment options in TCM

    8.1 Chinese Herbal Medicine
    8.2 Chinese Dietetics
    8.3 Tuina
    8.4 Qi Gong

    PART II: Pain Syndromes

    9 Head and face pain

    9.1 General principles
    9.2 Migraine
    9.3 Tension-type headache
    9.4 Analgesic-induced headache
    9.5 Cervicogenic headache
    9.6 Cluster headache
    9.7 Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
    9.8 trigeminal neuralgia
    9.9 Atype facial pain
    9.10 Symptomatic head and facial pain

    10 Pain in the locomotor system

    10.1 General guidelines
    10.2 Cervicocephal syndrome
    10.3 Neck pain
    10.4 Cervicobrachial syndrome
    10.5 Shoulder pain (subacromial bursitis, calcific tendonitis)
    10.6 Supraspinatus tendinopathy and impingement syndrome
    10.7 Frozen shoulder
    10.8 Humeroradial and humeroulnar epicondylitis
    10.9 Tenovaginitis and tendinopathies
    10.10 Spondylogenic thoracic pain
    10.11 Chronic low back pain
    10.12 Ischialgia/sciatica
    10.13 Failed back surgery syndrome
    10.14 Piriformis syndrome
    10.15 Osteoarthritis of the hip
    10.16 Osteoarthritis of knee
    10.17 Achillodynia
    10.18 Osteoporosis
    10.19 Rheumatoid arthritis

    11 Fibromyalgia syndrome

    12 Visceral pain

    12.1 General guidelines
    12.2 Angina pectoris
    12.3 Functional cardiac pain
    12.4 Gastritis
    12.5 Functional dyspepsia
    12.6 Irritable bowel syndrome
    12.7 Chronic pelvic pain

    13 Neuropathic pain syndrome

    13.1 General guidelines
    13.2 Carpal tunnel syndrome
    13.3 Meralgia paresthetica
    13.4 Intercostal neuroalgia
    13.5 Post-herpetic neuroalgia
    13.6 Polyneuropathy (PNP)
    13.7 Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
    13.8 Central pain
    13.9 Stump and phantom limb pain

    14 Pain due to vascular disease

    14.1 General guidelines
    14.2 Raynaud's syndrome
    14.3 Peripheral artery occlusive disease (PAOD)

    15 Acupuncture in palliative care

    15.1 Introduction
    15.2 What is palliative care?
    15.3 Clinical aspects
    15.4 Summary

    16 Psychovegetative complaints

    16.1 General guidelines
    16.2 Practical treatment of psychovegetative complaints

    17 Psychosomatic aspects of pain therapy

    18 Afterword


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