Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsSection I: Basic training in acupuncture
Close this folderSection II: Safety in acupuncture
Open this folder and view contents1. Prevention of infection
Open this folder and view contents2. Contraindications
Close this folder3. Accidents and untoward reactions
View the document3.1 Needle quality
View the document3.2 Position of patient
View the document3.3 Fainting
View the document3.4 Convulsions
View the document3.5 Pain
View the document3.6 Stuck needle
View the document3.7 Broken needle
View the document3.8 Local infection
View the document3.9 Burning during moxibustion
View the document4. Electrical stimulation and laser therapy
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View the documentAnnex I: List of participants

3.9 Burning during moxibustion

Burning of the skin should be prevented in indirect moxibustion. Although scarring moxibustion is performed by means of burning the skin so as to result in non-bacterial suppuration, this technique should only be used with the full knowledge and prior consent of the patient. It is a special therapeutic technique only performed at specific points.

Direct moxibustion should not be applied to points on the face, or at sites where tendons or large blood vessels are located. Moxibustion with non-bacterial suppuration near a joint is also inappropriate because the joint movement may make healing difficult. Special care should be taken in patients with reduced levels of consciousness, sensory disturbance, psychotic disorders, purulent dermatitis, or in areas of impaired circulation.

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