Multiple Style Integration and Synthesis in the Acupuncture Clinic

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Acupuncturists are routinely faced with accommodating multiple clinical styles and perspectives within their
practice. The integration and synthesis of distinct acupuncture styles can be a formidable challenge. A framework
for clarifying this process is presented here. Three distinct scenarios are considered: (1) integration through simple
additive combination, (2) integration through enlarging the tool-chest of choices, and (3) integration leading to
synthesis. The author’s clinical experience with a particular Matsumoto-Nagano acupuncture protocol and classical
Neijing pulse-taking is presented a s an example of synthesis emergence through c ritical c linical self-inquiry. The
phases of clinician development required to enable synthesis are discussed.
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Author Daniel Schulman
JCM Issue JCM108-60
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