What is acupuncture and moxibustion medicine?
The World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies
@WFAS Houston 2014 Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Conference

Japan Tokyo
Seino Acupuncture and Orthopedics Clinic Director of the clinic
Meiji Acupuncture and Moxibustion University a visiting professor
Juntendo University Medical Department a research student
Mitsunori Seino


yIntroductionz
In 2007, WHO set out definitions of traditional medicine, Chinese medicine, Oriental medicine, traditional Japanese medicine (kampo), Korean medicine, and others, but did not discuss the meanings of the term emedicinef itself. No definition has yet been given for acupuncture and moxibustion medicine. I would like to consider what acupuncture and moxibustion medicine actually is.


yMain Textz
In China, acupuncture and moxibustion therapy had been passed down as traditional medical arts; however, this lore had been transmitted only in terms of developing arbitrary theories of yin-yang and the five elements, and thus the analytical methods employed up to Qing dynasty can scarcely be described as emedicinef. Today, the analytical methods that comprise the core of medicine are based on modern medicine. Acupuncture and moxibustion medicine should be regarded as the academic discipline involving the accumulated results of analyses and the studies of the physical phenomena that occur as a result of acupuncture and moxibustion therapy, on the basis of the methodologies employed in modern medicine.


yDiscussionz
The traditional medical care in Asia is based on the concepts that the emindf (heart/spirit) governs the ebodyf, and that disorders initially arise in the kokoro, resulting of disease in the body.


yConclusionz
Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy is medical care that aims to correct imbalances between the emindf and ebodyf. eAcupuncture and moxibustion medicine can be regarded as the academic discipline of providing a scientific underpinning for the empirical medicine of acupuncture and moxibustion therapy using the analytical methods of modern medicinef.


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