by Nissel H.
Pain treatment by means of acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research, 1993 Jan-Mar, 18(1):1-8.
Pub type: Journal Article; Review; Review, Tutorial.
AT: UCLA Biomed W1 AC999T
(PE title: Acupuncture & electro-therapeutics research.)
Abstract: Acupuncture has played an important part in pain research. Bischko
was the first in the Western hemisphere to undertake surgery using
acupuncture analgesia. This tonsillectomy was performed in 1972. Decisive
research work has been carried out at the Ludwig Boltzmann Acupuncture
Institute in Vienna.
We now have far more knowledge about the importance of
the basic system. Furthermore, we know that the theories on chaos research,
and, especially the fractals play an important role. Various ways of
treating pain by means of acupuncture will be discussed: e.g. body
acupuncture (with or without supportive transcutaneous electrical nerve
stimulation); treatment via the so-called somatotopies (ear, oral mucous
membrane, scalp acupuncture according to Yamamoto etc.). The Ludwig
Boltzmann Acupuncture Institute, in close collaboration with the II. Dept. of Internal Medicine at the Kaiserin-Elisabeth Hospital, Vienna, has been able to demonstrate on inpatients with a variety of conditions, that acupuncture could significantly reduce the quantity of analgesics required.