Introduction of Acu-moxibustion,Tuina and Rehabilitation Department

Acu-moxibustion,Tuina and Rehabilitation Department of Xi'an Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital has been established for 60 years, and has emerged many distinguished acupuncturists who have a high reputation in the domestic such as Drs. Li shaoting, Tan Chuntao, Guo Mingsan,Fang Yun-peng and Liu Pingding,etc. In 70s last century, This department ,as the leader of scientific research, organized and conducted the study of the propagated sensation along the channel of acu-moxibustion And the mechanism of acupuncture anesthesia, and therefore acquired several technical research productions, which made a certain influence in the field of acu-moxibustion.With continuous development over 60 years, our department has become a key and prioritized specialty of the Shaanxi Provincial Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. And now,we are striving to construct a key specialty in Chinese Traditional Medicine at a national level.

Currently, this department has two directors of the Clinical Branch of China Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association, and a Vice President, and one executive director of the Shan Xi Provincial Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association. It also has two Secretary-Generals of Xi an's Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association. The department has three advisors of Master’s students affiliated with the College of Acu-moxibustion and Tuina,Shaanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The department has 63 staff members including medical doctors, nurses, and technicians. Among these staff members are one distinguished TCM doctor, two academic successors of the famous herbalist doctors at a national level and one at a provincial level. It also has 7 members at a senior professional level members, 7 at an intermediate professional level, and 6 at a junior professional level. In this department, there are 3 doctoral students, 10 Master’s students and 7 undergraduate students. It also has 25 nurses where one is the associate chief nurse, three are supervisor nurses, six are senior nurses, and 15 are primary nurses. There are 17 technicians for rehabilitation and massage in the department. The personnel of the department are reasonably organized and have a strong technical force.

An Junming, the director of academic leaders and the chief physician of the department, graduated from Shaanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1997. Since then, he has been working in this department for 19 years and has worked in the clinical front line. He is well admired by his patients. He loves his profession and takes a strong responsibility as a director for more than 10 years. He presided over the completion of more than 20 national, provincial ,and municipal scientific research projects and won one national science and technology award , 5 provincial and municipal scientific and technological progress award , published six research books and more than 60 scientific papers.

Currently, the daily outpatient visits of this department has overpassed 300, which are the most in the hospital. The outpatient treatment area has more than 1000 square meters, with more than 60 treatment couches, including an acupuncture treatment area of more than 300 square meters, massage treatment area of more than 100 square meters, the area of physical therapy of more than 100 square meters, the area of rehabilitation of more than 500 square meters. Currently, this department possesses modern rehabilitation and physiotherapy facilities, worth more than 500 million Yuan, which can meet the different needs of different patients, such as PT-trainer, Treadmill, limbs joint training apparatus, EF-100, cerebral ultrasonic therapy apparatus, biofeedback therapy apparatus, swallowing function therapeutic apparatus, shock wave therapy apparatus, cervical and lumbar therapeutic apparatus, mid-frequency pulse therapeutic apparatus, microwave therapeutic apparatus, etc.

Currently, the inpatient division of this department has 101 beds and discharged patients each year more than 2500. Over the years, the department has developed special traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture and always used traditional acupuncture as the main treatment. At the same time, the department treat patients with moxibustion, cupping, massage, acupoint injection, acupoint catgut embedding , acupoint application and other characteristic Chinese medicine therapies, while carrying out a small knife acupotomology, blood letting therapy, hook live surgery, silver needle therapy and many other medical services. Traditional acu-moxibustion especially can treat some difficult diseases effectively , such as stroke hemiplegia, facial paralysis, cervical and lumbar disease, knee osteoarthritis , scapulohumeral periarthritis, hyperplasia of mammary glands, arthritis, simple obesity, and all kinds of pains ,etc. In recent years, this department has made significant advances in treating stroke hemiplegia by using the combined therapies of traditional massage and modern rehabilitation techniques (physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), speech training (ST)) ,which has become well-known medical techniques in the department. Especially in recent years with the investment on rehabilitation equipment and employment of some experienced physicians, a large number of stroke patients with hemiplegia reintegration has been fully recovered with our treatments.

This department is also a clinical teaching base for Shaanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as a practicing base for acupuncture professional residency standardization training. It has trained 27 Master’s students, 15 of whom have gained their Master’s degrees. In the meantime, the department has trained thousands of doctors in China, some of whom has become the key members of various departments in many hospitals. In recent years, this department has also successfully hosted a number of national, provincial, municipal continuing medical education programs, training a large number of grass-root physicians of acupuncture and massage, and significantly benefited the society. Besides, this department actively responded to national calls and sent medical doctors Sudan for medical aids. At the same time, the department sent doctors to rural and remote areas for medical services and supported local hospitals medically and technically.

Fang’s scalp-acupuncture, Li’s gold needle, Guo’s heat-producing needling and cool-producing needling and Liu’s Deep-needling by using large needle as the characteristic therapy in our department enjoys a high reputation overseas. Especially, the Fang’s scalp-acupuncture, as a core technique, has been widely applied in clinical practices, and achieved a significant curative effect on treating cerebral disorders, such as infantile cerebral palsy, dementia, insomnia, amnesia, and dizziness, etc. Through continuous development, Fang’s scalp-acupuncture has been widely used in medical practices in the province and the rest of the country. Over the years, many physicians in our department were invited to go abroad to visit and give lectures and to promote acu-moxibustion techniques. In the meantime,our department has accepted over 20 oversea visitors from Canada, the United States, Japan, Korea, Malaysia,Taiwan, etc, and hosted dozens of visiting groups from the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Korea, France, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Samoa, Australia visit Singapore, New Zealand, and other countries as well as Taiwan. Our international friends expressed keen interests in the traditional acupuncture and highly praised in the high clinical effectiveness of acupuncture. In May 2016 , our department sponsored the activities of "Silk Road city of TCM Forum", and experts and scholars from nine countries and five northwestern provinces attended the forum and signed the Silk Road TCM collaboration memorandum, which has opened a new journey for our department to internationalization.

In the future, this department will continue to provide highest quality services for its patients with acupuncture, massage, and rehabilitation. It will use “prestigious department, distinguished physicians” as its main development strategy, focus on “special department and special disease” as its main objective, build a high quality medical staff as its key policy, and strengthen its management service. The department will strive to become an advanced acupuncture medical base and a center for acupuncture medical service, research and staff training. The department will become a window of international exchanges for traditional Chinese medicine and a well-known brand of Chinese traditional medicine in Shaanxi.

Filiform needle therapy

Filiform needle therapy which is also called body needle therapy, is a variety of treatment using the filiform needle to recuperate the nutrition and defense Qi and blood, regulate the meridians and the zang-fu function by means of the specific operation on the acupoints of the twelve meridians in the body. It is the most important and frequently-used therapy widely used in the indications as the principal part in the needle therapy.

Professor Fang’s Scalp Needling Treatment-Symbol Technique of our Hospital

Professor Fang’s Scalp Needling is invented by the late professor Fang Yunpeng, one of renowned TCM doctors in Shaanxi province, former director of department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (acumoxi), in 1970s’. Different from the conventional scalp needling theory of acumoxi, he divided the head into 4 parts, namely “伏脏、伏象、倒脏、倒象”(Chinese pinyin “fu Zang, fu Xiang, dao Zang, dao Xiang”, different statements of Zang-Fu organs), and 11 large pivots. His methods aim at brain disease, such as stroke hemiplegia, infantile cerebral palsy, cortex polyuria, vertigo, tinnitus, chorea, epilepsy, parkinsonism, false bulbar paralysis, etc..

The cupping therapy

The cupping therapy is a highly effective therapy with a long history which includes the retaining cup, moving cup and flashing cup . It mainly makes use of the negative pressure produced by the cupping jar adhering to one part of the body to activate blood circulation and remove blood stasis, dredge the meridians, dispel the wind and eliminate the harm as well as heal the disease and improve the health under the guidance of the TCM theories. The cupping therapy is widely used in the treatment indications such as the diseases occurred in the department of surgery, internal medicine, gynecology and dermatology etc. without the toxic side-effect due to its immediate function and definite curative effect.

Moxibustion with Moxa

Moxibustion with moxa is a therapy which uses the heat to stimulate body surface acupoints or particular part while burning moxa material made by moxa leaf. Through stimulating the activity of vital essence to adjust the disordered biochemical and physiological function of human body, to achieve the goal which is warming channels and dispersing coldness, dredging the channels and promoting the flow of qi, supporting Yang to rescue collapse, to reach the aim of preventing and curing disease. There are many kinds moxibustion, such as direct moxibustion, indirect moxibustion, electronic moxibustion, thunder-fire moxibustion.

Auricular point pressing with bean therapy

Auricular point pressing with bean therapy is an external therapy, using tape to past the medical bean in the auricular point accurately, with rubbing, massage, pinching and pressing the bean moderately. The patient will experience soreness, numbness, heaviness and pricking whereby to reach the treatment goal. Auricular point pressing with bean therapy is also known as auricular point pressure therapy, which is often used to treat insomnia, cholelithiasis, myopia, asthma and stomachache, etc.

Acupoints Massage

Acupoints Massage is an important part in TCM. Under the guidance of the TCM theory, on the basis of the meridians and collaterals, acupoints theory, it makes massage as the main treatment. It is a common approach in preventing and curing illness. Acupoints massage stimulates certain points in human body, to motivate Qi of meridians and collaterals in human body, so as to achieve the aim of clearing and activating the meridians and collaterals, adjusting the mechanism of human body and eliminating pathogenic factor and supporting healthy Qi.

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