Training course promotes acupuncture
A training course on acupuncture therapy and anesthetics is being held in Shanghai to promote traditional Chinese medicine theories, adoption and innovation of the science.
Some 100 graduate students from 18 TCM universities in the nation are participating in the two week course.
In addition to TCM experts, specialists on heart surgery, anesthesia and rehabilitation are giving lectures.
Dr Zhou Jia, president of Shanghai Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, said the course was to help students have a comprehensive understanding of acupuncture. It will also encourage innovative study of acupuncture to boost its development and internationalization.
“We want to improve the combination of acupuncture and basic research of life science to have more scientific evidence and support to study, test and use of acupuncture,” Zhou said.
Dr Shi Xuemin, an acupuncture master, said he had adopted measures of clinical research to study the effects of acupuncture.
“We used animal models to study the effects of acupuncture on cerebral infarction," Shi said.
"The results show blood circulation in the area with artery blockage is retained after receiving acupuncture. Clinical evidence confirmed that in-time acupuncture can have a very positive effect."
Yueyang hospital shared its experience in using acupuncture during surgery to reduce the use of anesthetics, protect organs and enhance after-surgery recovery.
“We started from heart surgery, which can reduce 70 percent of anesthetic use, and have promoted the measure to surgery on the neck, brain, belly, pelvic cavity and intestines,” said Zhou Jia from Yueyang.
“Acupuncture is a useful supplement to modern anaesthesia.”