[Discussion on "dry needling" being part of acupuncture].

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[Discussion on “dry needling” being part of acupuncture].

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2017 Jun 12;37(6):663-667

Authors: Peng Z, Xu N, Bian Z, Li C, Lu W, Huang T, Wang S

Abstract
We think that all the methods of puncturing into the skin to prevent and treat diseases are belong to acupuncture science. In spite of its basic theory of meridian and acupoint, anatomy and physiology have been important parts of modern acupuncture science. “Dry needling”, however, is limited to trigger point theory. As for the positions, acupuncture is applied mainly at acupoints, involving in skin, muscles, tendons, vessels and nerves; while “dry needling” is used mostly at muscles. The needles of acupuncture are in various lengths and diameters and its manipulations are abundant, including the traditional skills and the achievements of modern science and technology research, such as electroacupuncture. It is different from the “dry needling” with the single tool and manipulation. Thus, acupuncture is suitable for a large range of syndromes, but “dry needling” is mainly for fascia muscularis pain and other related disorders. The acupuncturists need to embrace Chinese and western medicine, which is more rigorous than the training for “dry needling” practitioners. Based on the above reasons, we consider “dry needling” as part of acupuncture science, and it is a method during the modern development of traditional acupuncture.

PMID: 29231512 [PubMed – in process]

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