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    Most states (27) allow herbal medicine within the scope of acupuncture practice; only a few states (10) require the super- vision of a physician for the almost 11 000 practising non-physician acupuncturists buy duloxetine 40mg overnight delivery. The number of acupuncturists is rapidly growing and is projected to quadruple by 2015 order duloxetine 60 mg without prescription. Acupressure relieves muscular tension quality 20 mg duloxetine, facilitating blood flow and therefore distributing more nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, as well as removing waste prod- ucts. The technique involves repeatedly pressing the acupuncture points for 3–5 seconds and then releasing the pressure. It is believed that the prac- titioner’s qi helps to strengthen the weakened qi of the patient. Thus it is important that the practitioner maintains a healthy body so that his or her qi is stronger than that of the recipient. Acupressure has been used to relieve mental tension, for tired and strained eyes, headaches, menstrual cramps and arthritis, as well as to promote general healthcare. Areas of scar tissue, boils, blis- ters, rashes and varicose veins should also be avoided. Certain pressure points should be avoided during pregnancy and in patients with hyper- or hypotension. Shiatsu This is a deeply relaxing therapy originating in Japan that provides stimula- tion by using the fingers and palm of the hand to apply pressure and gentle stretches to the meridians. It consists of a whole body treatment, as it is believed that a disorder in one area can have effects elsewhere on the body. It is similar to both Traditional Chinese medicine | 151 acupuncture and acupressure in its effects but uses a glowing wick instead of needles or fingertips as the source of stimulation for the acupoints. Tradi- tionally moxa is the dried leaves of Artemisia vulgaris and Artemesia argyi and other species of mugwort, made into various forms including: • punk – loose moxa, rather like green cotton-wool • moxa rolls – similar to cigars in appearance • moxa cones. Another method is for a small moxa cone to be placed on the blunt end of an acupuncture needle while it is in place. It is lit at its apex and burnt down until the patient is able to feel the heat; it is then removed. Chinese herbal medicine In the west it is quite normal to equate the word ‘herbal’ with something that grows in the garden. Certainly most Chinese herbal remedies are made from plant material, but others are of mineral or animal origin, e. In China and other Asian countries the practice is still wide- spread, but it has been largely discontinued elsewhere after action by regula- tory authorities with enthusiasm that may occasionally be misplaced. The famous highly aromatic salve marketed around the world known as Tiger Balm was once the subject of a dawn raid of Chinese herbalists by police in Manchester. They thought that they had uncovered the illegal use of parts from a protected wild animal. There were a few red faces when it was realised that the title merely referred to the nickname of the brand owner! History China’s greatest materia medica (Pen Ts’ao) was published by Li Shizhen in 1578. Secret recipes (also known as ‘prepared medicines’) were the equivalent of modern patent medicines. By the time of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) more than 60 000 formulae had been recorded in the 1406 book entitled Formulas of Universal Benefit (Pu Ji Fang). In recent years many of these formulae have passed into public usage, but there may be as many as 5000 licensed patent medicines still circulating in China. The most famous factory is at the Tong Ren Tang pharmacy in Beijing, which has been operated by the same family since the late seventeenth century. These are: • cooling • diaphoresis • elimination • emesis • mediation • purging • tonification • warming. Traditional Chinese medicine | 153 Categorisation of Chinese herbs Chinese herbs may be categorised according to: • the four natures • the five tastes • the meridians. The herbs are ascribed qualities ranging from cold (extreme yin), cool, neutral to warm and hot (extreme yang), and are often used in combination according to the deficiencies or excesses of these qualities in the patient.

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    Any treatment given by a doctor to a patient which involves any interference with the physical integrity of the patient is unlawful unless done with the consent of the patient: it constitutes the crime of battery and the tort of tres- pass to the person (4) cheap duloxetine 60 mg online. A doctor has no right to proceed in the face of objection order duloxetine 30mg on line, even if it is plain to all buy generic duloxetine 60 mg on-line, including the patient, that adverse consequences and even death will or may ensue (5). The author can do no better than to open a discussion of the topic of consent by quoting the powerful and unambiguous language of the law lords in a leading case. The underlying reason for this position: …is that English law goes to great lengths to protect a person of full age and capacity from interference with his personal liberty. We have too often seen freedom disappear in other countries not only by coups d’etat but by gradual erosion; and often it is the first step that counts. The foregoing applies to all adults who are mentally competent; when a patient lacks the capacity to make decisions about whether to consent to treat- ment (e. Requisites for Consent To intervene without consent may give rise to criminal proceedings (for alleged trespass to the person) and may also give rise to tortious liability (a civil claim for damages). To protect against such proceedings, the medical practitioner should ensure that the patient is capable of giving consent, has been sufficiently well informed to understand and therefore to give a true con- sent, and has then expressly and voluntarily consented to the proposed inves- tigation, procedure, or treatment. Capacity If there is serious doubt about the patient’s capacity to give consent, it should be assessed as a matter of priority. The patient’s general practitioner or other responsible doctor may be sufficiently qualified to make the assessment, but in serious or complex cases involving difficult issues about the future health and well-being, or even the life of the patient, the issue of capacity to consent should be assessed by an independent psychiatrist (in England, ideally, but not necessarily, one approved under section 12 of the Mental Health Act of 1983) (9). If after assessment serious doubts still remain about the patient’s competence (e. Understanding Risks and Warnings A signature on a form is not, of itself, a valid consent. For a valid, true, or real consent in law, the patient must be sufficiently well informed to under- stand that to which he or she is asked to give consent. To defend a doctor against a civil claim alleging lack of consent based on a failure to warn adequately, it is necessary to have more than a signature on a standard consent form. Increasingly, in medical negligence actions, it Fundamental Principals 41 is alleged that risks were not explained nor warnings given about possible adverse outcomes. Therefore, it is essential for the doctor or any other healthcare professional to spend adequate time explaining the nature and purpose of the intended investigation, procedure, or treatment in terms that the patient can understand. The patient’s direct questions must be answered frankly and truthfully, as was made clear in the Sidaway case (11), and thus the discussions should be undertaken by those with adequate knowledge and experience to deal with them; ideally, the clinician who is to perform the operation or procedure. Increasingly, worldwide the courts will decide what the doctor should warn a patient about—applying objective tests, such as what a “prudent patient” would wish to know before agreeing. For example, in the leading Australian case (12), the court imposed a duty to warn about risks of remote (1 in 14,000) but serious complications of elective eye surgery, even though professional opinion in Australia at the time gave evidence that they would not have warned of so remote a risk. In the United States and Canada, the law about the duty to warn of risks and adverse outcomes has long been much more stringent. In the leading case (13), the District of Columbia appeals court imposed an objective “prudent patient” test and enunciated the following four principles: 1. Every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall happen to his or her body. Consent is the informed exercise of choice and that entails an opportunity to evaluate knowledgeably the options available and their attendant risks. In the leading Canadian case (14), broad agreement was expressed with the propositions expressed in the American case. The prac- titioner is not required to make an assessment based on the information to be given to an abstract “prudent patient;” rather, the actual patient being con- sulted must be assessed to determine what that patient should be told.

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