Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture, needles (2)



Western medicine recognized the usefulness of the method late. It was not until 1815 that it became known in France as SALANDIERE. In 1825, Louis BERLIOZ (1776-1848) and Julien Germain CLOQUET (1790-1883), after 1863 Consul DABRY, propagated the method before the 2nd WK Consul De MORANT.

Chinese doctors and "dropouts" among Western physicians made them popular after the Second World War - in Luxembourg, too, it soon became a good thing to "go to the Chinese". In the "Gynécologie" published by MARCEL and FABRE in Paris in 1947, R. de la FUYE describes the possibilities of using acupuncture in this subject over several pages.

After the polemic in China regarding acupuncture (Mao forbade this "dung heap medicine"), in the West (!) They started to come to the aid of the method and put it on scientific feet. In 1966 Prof. Heine of the University of Witten Herdecke discovers the anatomical correlate of the acupuncture point: in 80% of cases, the acupuncture point corresponds to the point of passage of a bundle of nerves through the outer body fascia. The acupuncture point has a receptor density twice as high as the environment (Kellner, 1966), 3.4-fold increased electrical activity and is embedded in a water-rich connective tissue envelope with Paccini corpuscles. Certain acupuncture points may be assigned to spinal nerves in the sense of cutaneous transmission of information or may be connected to the brachial or lobular plexus. Neurochemical and humoral release of several messengers takes place, i.a. Endorphin.

However, a true enthusiasm for acupuncture did not arise until 1971/72:
In July 1971, the US traveled table tennis team to China. An attending journalist reports on the front page of the NYT of a successful postoperative pain therapy with three acupuncture needles, in his cecal emergency surgery.

Richard Nixon visited the People's Republic of China in 1972 as president; his personal physician observed some acupuncture analgesia operations during this trip (the method had meanwhile been rehabilitated by the Chinese authorities) and confirmed the earlier reports. The focus of the now inflaming Western interest was first on the analgesic effect of acupuncture. Nixon's visit was probably the trigger for today's proliferation of TCM in Europe and the United States. In particular, the beginning of systematic research into the mode of action of acupuncture. The University of Vienna briefly sent a medical delegation to China, and the Chinese for their part came to Vienna to demonstrate their art ...

In Luxembourg, the surgeon Roger HOFFMANN from Esch learned the method in Shanghai in 1977. Since then, almost all anesthesiologists have mastered the method, the one better (Antoine CLOOS, Long TRAN THANH), the others less. General Practitioners (G. VINANDY) have also discovered their interest in TCM ...
A rich selection of literature in our bookstores addresses interested laymen.
Presented are two modern disposable needles, with a plastic handle. They are as easy to manipulate as metal handles and are also more hygienic, as they are easier to clean during the manufacturing process. Different colors indicate the needle strength as with injection cannulas. The plastic handle, as well as the coating of the needle with silicone or silicone oil) but has a decisive disadvantage for "orthodox" acupuncturists: he isolates the therapist from his patient, preventing the free flow of energy between the two opponents! In addition a link /hwato_akupunkturnadelwn.html