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SUMMARY OF BETH ILLESS THE TRUTH ABOUT ACUPUNTURE In The Truth about Acupunture Beth Illes describes a new interest in a Chinese healing acupuncture which is therapy by means of stimulation with a needle It is utilized for pain relief as well as an anesthetic The author describes how acupuncture is used under the eyes of two American doctors and three theories of why it works Travelling in China in February of 1972 Dr Walter R Tkach and Dr Samuel Rosen witnessed several surgical cases using acupuncture as the anesthetic The Chinese surgeons insereted needles into different places on the patients bodies these patients having different problems catatracts thyroid tumor ovarian cyst and a tubercular lobe of lung Amazingly the patients were active during the operation They did not feel any pain could talk to the surgeons and even ate some fruit Since 1968 ninety percent of some 400000 operations that applied acupuncture did succeed The first theory to explain why acupuncture works is known as Orientation theory It bases on a traditional Chinese theory in which illness is believed as an effect of an imbalance between the two special forces Yin and Yang These foces control the bodys life energy that flows through the body in channels beneath the skin Placing needles at various points on those channels the traditional acupuncturists believed will change the life energy flow Consequently patients health is restored Another theory Dr Georges Cantonis electronic theory assumes each person has an electrical balance or unbalance between the head and the fingers Acupuncture aids patients by recovering that balance which is altered when they are sick More popular Dr Ronald Melzack and Dr Patricks gate-control theory explains how acupunture kills pain By touching certain fibers acupuncture needles block the gate in the spinal cord through which the pain impulses procced to the brain The pain signals therefore do not reach to the celebrum In brief the success of
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