Acupuncture Points can be Utilised for Magnetotherapy
Hitherto, we have dealt with the local and general application of magnets against various diseases. While the local treatment has been suggested for alleviating the localised pain and stiffness in a particular spot, the general treatment has been directed against the diseases in the whole organism.
The author fully appreciates the efficiency of the above mentioned methods, yet, in an era of growing science and technology, one cannot close one’s eyes to more accurate methods of application, provided they are fully proven and promise a better cure.
This concept led the author to study and find out the possibility of utilization of various acupuncture points in magnetotherapy for treatment of various internal ailments.
Acupuncture is Ancient Chinese Art of Healing, which has since been adopted by Japan and by some Western countries like the United States of America and England. India also is taking to it now and several physicians have started practising it in this country.
Acu means needle and puncture means pricking. Hence Acupuncture means treatment of patients through the art of pricking or piercing needles on some special points on the body of the patients. In the practice of Acupuncture, a fine needle is pierced into the skin of the patient to the depth of a few millimetres and is withdrawn after a few minutes. The most important thing in the practice of acupuncture is to know which point is to be pierced in a particular disease.
The ancient Chinese made no distinction between arteries, veins, nerves, tendons or meridians. They were concerned with a system of forces in the body, which enables a man to move, to breathe, to think, etc. The main concept of Chinese was life energy called Qi (pronounced chee). The man’s possession of life and all its activities are believed by them to be completely dependent upon this Qi. In Hindu terminology, the nearest equivalent to Qi is Prana ; in Theosophy and Anthro-posophy, it is called Ether. The Qi is created in human body by breathing and eating.
The acupuncturists believe that there are tender areas at certain points on the surface of the body in all diseases and these tender areas are the Acupuncture points.
In simple acupuncture diagnosis, the patient is examined from head to toe in order to find out all the tender points and to deduce the internal disease corresponding to them. It has been noticed that a disease of an internal organ produces pain, tenderness, hyperesthesia or hypoesthesia, etc. in some part of the skin, This can be varified experimentally.
There are several systems of treatment through acupuncture. In one system, the tender points are needled while in other forms the acupuncturists prick those points where no pain is felt at all or the points which are often remote from the seat of the disease, and sometimes on the opposite side of the body.
The Indian points of Chakras correspond to acupuncture points. The Mahaout prods special places on the body of his elephant, with a sharp stick, to elicit various responses from the animal. Several indigenous medical systems in different parts of the world seem to correspond to simple form of acupuncture. Some Arabs cauterise part of the ear with a red hot poker for treating Sciatica while some Bantu Healers of South Africa scratch small areas of skin and rub various herbs into them.
In Chinese literature, about one thousand acupuncture points have been described—these may be even more. The thousand or so acupuncture points may be divided into various categories, all points in each category having similar properties.
The acupuncture points that are near the site of symptoms often have a greater local effect, especially in painful conditions. Points that are far away, especially the important points below the knee and elbow, often have a greater systemic effect.
Various Ways of Stimulating the Points
There are various ways of stimulating the points, namely, electrical stimuli, magnetic oscillations, mechanical vibrations, injections, massages, etc., besides puncturing the points with needles. There are also different ways of practising acupuncture. The needles are made of several materials, namely: silver, alloys, stainless steel and even gold. The Chinese books describe about fifty different ways of inserting needles. The technique involves inserting needles 3 or 9 or 81 times, twisting the needle clockwise or anticlockwise, inserting the needle fast and taking it out slowly, inserting the needle in three stages and pulling it out in one, and in many other ways. The stimulus differs with the thickness of the depth of insertion, the up and down pushing of the needle, bluntness or sharpness of needle, leaving the needle in body for longer times and repeating the treatment at frequent intervals.
For a more serious study of Acupuncture, the reader is referred to a detailed treatise on the subject by Dr. Felix Mann.
Certain Clinical Cases
Dr. Mann cites innumerable clinical cases where simple acupuncture techniques helped obviate complicated conditions. One such instance is that of a patient who sprained her wrist and suffered from palpitation. Considering that the tender point on sprained wrist crossed the heart meridian, he treated the point near wrist and cured the lady of her palpitation.
In another case, where a lady patient had painful periods, the needle was applied on the inside of the knee on the liver meridian (as the meridian has an indirect course to reproductive organs).
Similar cases have been reported by the author in this book in his treatment through Magnetotherapy, where the treatment against weakness and heaviness of legs improved the menses of the patients .
The Chinese describe the acupuncture points as being quite small—a matter of millimetres—but there are Western acupuncturists who do not subscribe to this view and believe that a stimulus anywhere in the appropriate determatome will work. Both of them may achieve equal results if the oriental’s acupuncture point lies within the area of hypersensitivity of the occidental. This shows that the area around an acupuncture point absorbs the effect of stimulation and the central acupuncture points or the lines of meridians are like the lines of force around a magnet and postulate a magnetic theory.
Some doctors have tried to combine acupuncture with the principle of Western physiology, anatomy and medicine in general.
The idea of combining acupuncture with medicine in general seems to be far-fetched, but the view that the stimulation of the area near or around an acupuncture point will give good results appeals to reason.
As there are more than a thousand acupuncture points in the human body, the points must be quite small and each of them must be fixed in a very small space in the body. It is naturally difficult, therefore, to locate the exact points of acupuncture for piercing the needles. There are also great chances of wrong points being pricked as some of them are very closely placed.
Besides the use of needles, the practice of Acupressure, i e. Acupuncture without needles, is also gaining popularity on account of its simpler approach.
In his interesting and profusely illustrated book on Acupressure, Dr. J.V. Cerney of U.S.A. has recommended the use of pressure by one’s finger-tips. According to him, different acupuncture points either need stimulation by light, soft and superficial pressure to tone up the tissues involved or they require sedation by deep and slow pressure to sedate nerve action and relieve pain in the connected organs. No use of needles has been considered necessary by him.
While various meridian lines pass through various points on the organs of the human body, all the twelve important meridians have a place in the hands and feet, as briefly indicated below :
There are three important meridians on the inner side or palm of the hand, namely : (i) Lung meridian, (ii) Pericardium meridian (also known as circulatory—sex meridian) and (iii) Heart meridian. There are three other important meridians onthe outer side or back of the hand, namely : (i) Small Intestine meridian, (ii) Triple warmer meridian and (iii) Large intestine meridian.
All these six meridians have their beginnings in the fingertips of the hands, which are important acupuncture points. On the palm side of the hand, the heart meridian starts from the tip of the small finger, the pericardium meridian from the tip of the middle finger and the lung meridian from the tip of the thumb. On the back of the hand, the small intestine meridian starts from the tip of the little finger, the triple warmer meridian from the tip of the ring finger and the large instestine meridian from the tip of the index finger.
In the case of cardiac over-work or distress, it has been recommended that pressure may be applied on the tips of the small fingers of both hands by pinching and twirling them vigorously. By doing this in an emergency, a heart attack may be alleviated and a life saved very handily.
The bottom of the foot, similarly, shows rich reflex zones and forms an integral part of the entire complex of interconnecting nerves.
There are six meridians on the foot. The bottom of the foot has three—namely : (i) Gall bladder meridian, (ii) Kidney meridian and (iii) Spleen meridian. There are three other meridians on the back or top of the foot—namely : (i) Liver meridian, (ii) Stomach meridian and (iii) Bladder meridian. The spleen meridian starts from the big toe and the kidney meridian also has its origin in the foot. All these areas play a role in enjoying good health. The toes contain the “trigger points” for head, neck as well as for ears, eyes, heart, liver, lungs and pancreas,the hollow of the foot has important points of abdomen, stomach and kidneys, while the heel accommodates important points for glands and sex organs.
It will be seen from the above that the various meridians passing through the hands and feet have connections with all the important organs of the body. Hence alleviation of pain or restoration of proper functioning of the inner organs can be easily manipulated by the application of magnets to hands and feet, as the effect of the application of magnets to the palms or soles goes to their other side also and influences all the meridians and their connected organs. Thus the correctness of the methods of application of magnets to palms and soles, is verified and proved by the independent system of treatment by Acupressure.
It is interesting to note that there is a great similarity in the approach of acupressure and magnetotherapy as both the systems recommend the outwardly application on different parts of body without any internal medication. The encouraging results achieved in the treatment of various diseases through magnetotherapy,corroborate with the beneficial results obtained by acupressure. The indentical gratifying results also impart a technical verification of the clinical results of the two different systems of treatment.
For detailed understanding of the art of acupressure and for facilitating localised application of magnets on individual acupuncture points, the readers are advised to refer to the detailed treatise on the subject of acupressure.
Suggestion for Utilising Acupuncture points in Magnetotherapy
It is suggested that the physicians who are interested in carrying out treatment by utilising acupuncture points in the body, may try the application of magnets on or near the selected points instead of pricking them with needles or applying pressure on them. It is believed that this change in their practice will give more success to them and less discomfort to their patients, as there is no piercing of needles or pressurising the points in magnetotherapy.