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I have taught acupuncture/dry needling to health professionals since 1981; over 5000 have attended these courses. I am an Accredited Member and former vice-Chairman of the British Medical Acupuncture Society; I was a council member of the Society for many years.
The acupuncture/dry needling I teach is modern (WMA) and is based on the modern scientific understanding of anatomy and physiology. The course builds on the knowledge and skills that health professionals already have.
The principal differences between the traditional and modern schools can be summarized as follows.
|Follows rules laid down in the past||Largely or completely ignores the old rules|
|Based on pre-scientific ideas||Based on modern anatomy and physiology|
|Practical rather than mystical but appeals to Westerners interested in mysticism||No element of mysticism|
The chief advantage of the modern approach, so far as Western health professionals are concerned, is that it can easily be assimilated to the rest of their training. Also, it has given rise to some new forms of treatment, such as periosteal acupuncture, that did not form part of the traditional system.
There is a school of thought which holds that if you do non-traditional acupuncture you can treat "simple" disorders such as musculoskeletal pain but not more "complicated" disorders, which require the traditional methods. I don't agree. My aim is to demystify acupuncture.
For one thing, treating musculoskeletal problems with needling is often more demanding technically than treating, say, ulcerative olitis. For another, there is not much research evidence to show that any kind of acupuncture has more than a placebo effect, so claims for the superiority of any particular method within acupuncture can only be a matter of personal opinion.
For the method I use I would claim only that it is at least as effective as any other I have encountered, it is quick to perform, and it is compatible with what has been discovered scientifically about the mechanisms of acuuncture.
Acupuncture is not a complete system of medicine but rather a therapeutic tool that can be used by a wide range of health professionals. Its main advantages are that it works in some disorders for which there is little or no effective treatment and that, in competent hands, it is relatively safe. Much of acupuncture is concerned with pain relief but it can also be used for certain non-painful disorders.
To get an idea of the approach on which these courses are based, please see the FAQ and my article Where to place the needles and for how long?
Course participants receive a copy of my textbook All You Need to Know About Acupuncture.
Course participants are strongly advised to obtain immunisation against hepatitis B. Note that this does not provide complete immunity from infection.
For further details and to apply for a course please email ac[AT]acampbell.uk.
Please note that these courses are suitable only for people who are currently members of a recognized statutory regulatory body. They should also have access to an orthodox medical diagnosis.