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  Acupoints Back to Top

The discovery of distinct electrical properties of acupuncture points proved the actual material existence of acupoints and gave a reliable tool for point detection. Modern classification of acupoints includes:
- 361 Classical Chinese Points
- 171 Extra-Meridian Points
- 110 "New" Points
- 142 Auricular Points

Specific properties of Acupoints:

- Electrical
- Biochemical
- Histological
- Anatomical

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  Meridian Theory Back to Top
Modern acupuncture respects the contemporary understanding of neuromuscular anatomy and pain physiology while embracing the classical Chinese perception of a subtle circulation network of a vivifying force called Qi. Although the notion of Qi appears too vague to the modern science, the meridian theory congregates more and more evidence and support from researchers.
We still use the term "meridians" which implies that they are "imaginary lines that connect acupuncture points", nevertheless the latest data reports in favor of material existence of conduits organized in an integrative system of a new kind. In the light of new publications the original term "channels" reacquires its meaning and importance.
In this sense, meridians do not connect acupoints but rather acupoints correspond to the most "condensed" segments of meridians (channels) where they emerge to the surface and where their activity can be influenced by local stimulation (needling etc).

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  Modern Technologies Back to Top
Acupuncture needles remain the traditional and the most routinely used tool, sort of a "trade-mark". However new technologies that have emerged over the last fifty years offer a wide spectrum of modalities and non-invasive techniques.
Among them to be mentioned are the methods that have earned credibility and recognition: electrical stimulation (electroacupuncture, electropuncture, Ryodoraku, TENS, etc.); electromagnetic radiation (infrared radiation, ultraviolet radiation, Laser, Microwave, etc.); magnets; ultrasound (phono-puncture) and other means of physical stimulation.

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  Laser Acupuncture Back to Top
The latest contribution to acupuncture is Laser, the perfect example of the blend of state-of-the-art technology with ancient tradition. This technique uses low energy laser beam (so-called Cold Laser) to substitute acupuncture needle. The lasers for acupuncture are sophisticated and quite expensive devices that produce focused and coherent light beam of specific waive lengths of the spectrum.
Advantage is that this method is non-invasive, quick, absolutely painless, very safe, and provides fast clinical results.

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  Microsystems Back to Top
According to the principle of fractalisation, an organism creates numerous quantum copies of itself with the projection on localized areas of the body like feet, ears, hands, iris, scalp etc.
These areas called Microsystems represent the whole body scheme, with codes of its anatomical structure, space and time development, and functions of organs and systems. Like “remote controls”, they can be employed for diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. The number of Microsystems grows, with their specific features, conveniences, advantages, and limitations.

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  Acupuncture on Animals Back to Top
The discovery of electrical properties of acupoints fifty years ago allowed locating them on animals.
Acupuncture points are identified and mapped for dogs, cows, horses, cats, pigs, elephants, and animals of all kinds. One of the first known acupuncture experiments on animals was done in France in early 1960-th. Acupuncture was used on cows to increase milk production. The same basic concept has been adopted to help breastfeeding mothers with milk production deficiency.
The fact that acupuncture worked on animals was the first evidence that it is not psychological treatment. Extensive scientific research made great advances in comprehending intrinsic physiological mechanisms of acupuncture. There is no more psychological than in any other form of medicine.

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