Sa-Ahm Five Element acupuncture.

Author: Ahn CB, Jang KJ, Yoon HM, Kim CH, Min YK, Song CH, Lee JC.
Affiliation: Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, College of Oriental Medicine Dongeui University, Busan, Korea.
Conference/Journal: J Acupunct Meridian Stud.
Date published: 2010 Sep
Other: Volume ID: 3 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 203-13 , Word Count: 128

This study aimed to review the clinical basis for Sa-Ahm Five Element acupuncture. This form of acupuncture uses the Five-Shu acupoints and the tonification-sedation treatments based on the creation and control cycles of the Five Elements. A total of 28 books and papers from the ancient "Nan-Ching" to the modern "Medical Acupuncture" were used to study clinical practices. Sa-Ahm Five Element acupuncture could be practiced in different ways depending upon differential diagnoses. These diagnoses include theories of excess and deficiency of Yin and Yang, seven emotions, ZangFu (organ, viscera), and comparing pulse diagnosis and meridian therapy to meridian palpation. Clinical trials and guidelines for the practice of Sa-Ahm acupuncture should be created to allow for a more evidence-based clinical approach to using this technique.

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PMID: 20869022