Hello all. I'm a second year student. Right now seems to be a critical time for me, as I seem to be figuring out areas which iIam interested in spectializing in.I always thought that I would be internal med, all the way. However, lately, and mostly jdue to observation of some incredibly gifted practicioners, i'm realizing more and more just how incredibly effectice acupuncture is in terms of pain management. Acyually, i'm becoming fairly obsessed with the subject> would any of you more experienced folk be able to point me in the right direction in terms of finding some learning tools? ( books, articles, personal experience) I would like to learn more about choosing points and manipulation techniques for pain management. Thank you kindly :)
I don't want this to sound harsh but I cannot think of another way of putting it and this is sort of one of my pet peeves with acupuncturists (sorry!) - I truly believe that acupuncturists who "specialize" are missing the entire point of the medicine. My point being that acupuncture does not treat "conditions" it treats people with patterns that can have any number of symptoms which are usually across the mind-body spectrum (i.e. physical, psychological, mental, emotional, etc.). Going after the "pain" often leads to very poor results. You need to fully understand the entire body of theories within Chinese Medicine and apply it correctly to a broad range of cases. With this you can help many people, without this you will generally be very lackluster... To learn acupuncture you need to train within an acupuncture college for years ideally. An understanding of western medicine does very little to help you be a competent practitioner of acupuncture (although it does help in certain ways - and certainly we need more people who are truly versed in both sides of the equation).
All that said and understanding (although you didn't state this directly) that you are probably a western medical student and not a student of Chinese Medicine (??) - pain does respond well to acupuncture. In my experience it is far less about any technique than about proper diagnosis and proper point choices (which only come from a firm grounding in Chinese Medical theory) - cupping techniques and tuina (Chinese Medical Massage) are also imperative in my opinion for proper resolution.
If you are a Chinese Medical student, then, just hold on and learn more. If you are a western medical student - plan to train either privately with a fully trained Chinese Medicine master whom you can see gets repeatable results in a broad range of cases (i.e. not just pain) for a couple years or to go to school for at least a year or two after Med school to get properly versed in the underlying theories. To start all the texts within our Chinese Acupuncture resources section (particularly within the carousel) are good.