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Management of Post-Operative Pain with Acupuncture

This text gives a thorough and analytical review of the treatment options for post-operative pain, using acupuncture. Based on the clinical experience of the author and supported by that of acupuncturists in Chinese universities, the book offers a comprehensive and detailed set of treatments for a wide variety of post-operative pain symptoms and conditions, and includes detailed modifications of the treatments, to aid clinical practice.


Published: January 2007

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-10361-2




    Aetiology of the Pain after the operation

    Incomplete disappearance of Exogenous factors

    Wind. Cold. Damp. Dryness. Heat (Fire, Warmth)

    Seven emotional factors

    Over thinking. Excessive anger. Excessive sadness.

    Excessive meditation. Over fear

    Miscellaneous pathogenic factors

    Improper food intake or medications. Over stress, overstrain or lack of physical exertion. Traumatic injuries

    Pathology of Pain after the operation

    Disturbance of the Qi and Blood circulation is the main pathology

    Influence on physiological function of the Zang-Fu organs and tissues

    Damage or even cutting off some normal tissues and Meridians

    Blood stagnation due to remaining of some excessive Blood during the operation

    Loss of Qi and Blood

    Disturbance of the Heart in housing the Shen

    Scale formation

    Differentiation of Pain after the operation

    Differentiation of the location of the pain

    Differentiation of the nature of the pain

    Incomplete disappearance of Exogenous factors. Cold and Heat. Excess and Deficiency. Qi Stagnation and Blood Stagnation. Damp and Dryness

    Differentiation of the characteristics of the pain

    Sore pain. Distending pain. Stabling pain. Sharp pain. Throbbing pain. Burning pain. Colic pain. Hemialgia. Pantalgia. Wandering pain. Pain with spasm. Pain with suffocating feeling. Pain with radiation. Pain with contraction. Pain with heaviness. Pain with swelling. Pain with dislike or preference to pressure and massage. Pain with preference to warmth or cold. Constant or intermittent pain

    Diagnosis principle and treatment concepts

    General principle of pain diagnosis

    Application of four methods of diagnosis.

    Master of the syndromes prior to the operation.

    Determination of the actual and past causative factors for the pain. Channel and point palpation

    General concepts of treatment

    Managing the secondary symptom and searching the root causes

    Supporting the Anti-pathogenic Qi and expel pathogenic factors

    Preventing possible new invasion of Exogenous pathogenic factors

    Considering the individual constitutions

    Selection and combination of acupuncture points

    Selection of acupuncture point

    Selection of the pain-controlling points

    Selection of the points for the causative treatment

    Calming the Shen and benefiting the Heart

    Selection of the inducing points

    Combination of acupuncture points

    Combining the local points and distal points

    Combining the points on the left with the diseases on the right

    Combining the points on the front with the points on the back

    Combining the point on the Yang Channels and the points on the Yin Channels

    Combining the points above with the points below

    Additional Techniques

    Moxibustion. Electric Stimulation. Cutaneous Needle. The Three - Edged Needle. The Intradermal Needle. Point Injection. Auricular Acupuncture. Scalp Acupuncture.

    Point prescription and frequency of treatment

    Point prescriptions

    Frequency of treatment

    Modern research on pain control by acupuncture


    Post-operative Facial Pain

    Post-operative Eye Pain

    Post-operative Ear Pain

    Post-operative Nasal Pain

    Post-operative Lip Pain

    Post-operative Tooth Pain

    Post-operative Tongue Pain

    Post-operative Throat Pain


    Post-operative Painful Swallowing

    Post-operative Chest Pain

    Post-operative Breast Pain

    Post-operative Axillary Pain

    Post-operative Epigastric Pain

    Post-operative Hypochondria Pain

    Post-operative Abdominal Pain

    II. Treatment differentiations


    Pain in the Entire Body

    Post-operative Headache

    Post-operative Neck Pain

    Post-operative Shoulder Pain

    Post-operative Elbow Pain

    Post-operative Wrist Pain

    Post-operative Hand Pain

    Post-operative Hip Pain

    Post-operative Knee Pain

    Post-operative Ankle Pain

    Post-operative Heel Pain

    Post-operative Foot Pain

    Post-operative Leg Pain

    Post-operative Back Pain

    Post-operative Coccyx Pain

    Phantom Pain


    Post-operative Gynecological Pain

    Post-operative Genital Pain

    Post-operative Urination Pain

    Post-operative Anal Pain



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