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A comparison of traditional and Western scientific acupuncture practitioners
  1. Andrew Mok, Final Year Medical Student
  1. UMDS, London University, St Thomas' Hospital, London SE1 7EH


    A survey was made of five medical and nine non-medical acupuncture practitioners in the South West Thames region. The medical group had a predominantly Western Scientific approach to acupuncture, while the non-medical considered themselves to use entirely Traditional Chinese forms of acupuncture.

    The non-medical and traditional practitioners had a significantly greater expectation of cure following acupuncture treatment for a variety of problems including cancers. For each disease, the Western group tended to use a single formula derived from Traditional Chinese theories, while the traditionalists generally adapted their treatment to suit the individual patient rather than the disease.

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