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The Integrative TCM Treatment of Cruciate Ligament Injury

Author: Karl Zippelius

This article describes the integrative TCM treatment of cruciate ligament injury. It includes diagnostic information and strategies for treatment according to three phases: acute (absorption), sub-acute (reconstruction) and chronic (rehabilitation). Internal and external herbal medicine prescriptions are utilised, as well as acupuncture, moxibustion and other adjunctive TCM methods. Two case studies are included to illustrate the theory presented.

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The Acupuncture Treatment of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Author: Joseph Alban

Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) is a common issue affecting up to 14 per cent of men around the world. It not only causes significant pain, but also urinary and sexual dysfunction and anxiety.
Acupuncture can address the numerous symptoms of CP/CPPS. This article provides an introduction to the condition in terms of both Chinese medicine and biomedicine, and provides a general outline for treating the
condition with acupuncture.

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Working Towards Clinical Excellence:The Source Point Clinic

Author: Peter Deadman & Graeme McCracken

This article is a transcription of an interview with Graeme McCracken, the founder and clinical director of Source Point, a ground-breaking multi-bed clinic in Devon (UK) that provides patients with affordable and accessible
acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment, while providing practitioners with a good wage, fair working conditions and a nourishing, educational and supportive environment. According to the Source Point business model, care of the practitioner is seen to be just as important as care of the patient.

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A Revised Neuromyofascial Understanding for the Neck, Head and Facial Channel Sinews based on the Ling Shu

Author: Melissa Lee & Poney Chiang

The Channel Sinews ('Jing Jin', 筋經), originally described in the Ling Shu (Divine Pivot), have lost much of their clinical significance and relevance in modern acupuncture practice. In the contemporary traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) curriculum, the Channel Sinews are presented as symbolic descriptions of the myofascial system. This approach has its limitations, as myofascial anatomy alone does not adequately account for the pathways of the Channel Sinews on the neck, head and face. We have found that when the cranial and cervical nerves are included, there is a very high degree of overlap between neuromyofascial anatomy and the traditional pathways and disease descriptions of the Channel Sinews. This paper compares the Channel Sinews on the neck, head and face with neuromyofascial anatomy and assigns precise anatomical structures and landmarks. Our analysis demonstrates that there is a very high probability that the Ling Shu was recording precise neuroanatomical structures when describing the Channel Sinew pathways of the neck, head and face.

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Enhanced Recovery from Bell’s Palsy with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Case Report

Author: Jessica Cooper, Yong Deng and Jeffrey Langland

This case report demonstrates the ability of acupuncture to enhance the recovery of a patient suffering from symptoms associated with Bell's palsy where conventional treatment had failed. Prior to acupuncture intervention, the patient had experienced acute facial paralysis and had been prescribed conventional allopathic medical treatment, resulting in minimal resolution of symptoms. Due to symptom persistence, the patient sought acupuncture treatment. Following four weeks of treatment, consisting of a specific acupuncture protocol along with a Chinese herbal prescription, noticeable recovery was observed. The patient reported a decrease in symptoms including jaw pain, paraesthesia of the lips and right-sided mouth and eye deviation.

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The Nei Jing and Medicine: A Response to “A Review of the Ancient Concepts of Medicine” by Doane et al.

Author: Z’ev Rosenberg

This article is a response to "A Review of the Ancient Concepts of Medicine" by Robert K. Doane, Xavier Fricker & Marcus Gadau, that was published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine issue 113, February 2017.

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Fertility and the Face

Author: Maura Bright

This article describes the main aspects of traditional Chinese face diagnosis relating to fertility, and includes various illustrative examples of famous faces as well as short vignettes from the author's clinical practice.

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Micromassage: The Round-Headed Needle

Author: Michael Buist

This article focuses on one of the least-known of the non-skin-piercing acupuncture instruments, the 'round-headed needle'. Although originally classed as an acupuncture needle, this 'micromassage' tool provides a middle ground between acupressure and acupuncture. As such, it is ideal for acupuncture students who are restricted in their use of needles, as well as acupuncture practitioners who wish to precisely and effectively influence acupoints without using a needle; in fact, many natural health practitioners may find it a valuable support and enhancement to their primary modality.

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Book Reviews in this issue

Reading of the Divine Farmer’s Classic of Materia Medica: Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing Du
by Chen Xiuyuan

JTCM Abstracts in this issue (from February 2017 and April 2017)

  • Effect of electro-acupuncture combined with psychological intervention on mental symptoms and P50 of auditory evoked potential in patients with internet addiction disorder, by Li Hui et al.
  • Effect of Tiaoshen Kaiqiao acupuncture in the treatment of ischemic post-stroke depression: a randomized controlled trial, by Li Menghan et al.
  • Guasha improves the rating of perceived exertion scale score and reduces heart rate variability in male weightlifters: a randomized controlled trial, by Wang Xingze
  • Effect of electroacupuncture on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with malignant tumor: a single-blinded, randomized controlled trial, by Zhang Shiqiang et al.
  • Sini decoction as an adjuvant therapy for angina pectoris: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, by Wu Jin et al.
  • Effect of Guizhi Gancao Longgu Muli Tang on sleep disturbances in menopausal women, by Wang Zhipeng et al.
  • Adherence reporting in clinical trials of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Xing Dongmei et al.
  • Mechanism of herbal pairs with the properties of qi-tonifying, blood activation, blood-stasis breaking in treating coronary heart disease, by Yang Jing et al.
  • Application of Traditional Chinese Medicine in medical practice: a survey of community residents in Beijing, China, by Liu Zhongdi et al.
  • Abstracts
  • Evaluation of a granulated formula for the nerve root type and vertebral artery type of cervical spondylosis: a multicenter, single-blind, randomized, controlled, phase III clinical trial, by Luo Xiaodong et al.
  • Efficacy and safety of Reduqing granules in the treatment of common cold with wind-heat syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, positive-controlled trial, by Ma Yanjiao et al.
  • Add-on effect of Qinbei Qingfei Yiqi granules for ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care units: a randomized controlled trial, by Jia Weigang et al.
  • Treatment of exfoliative cheilitis with Traditional Chinese Medicine: a systematic review, by Sun Kai et al.