The comparison of trigger point acupuncture and traditional acupuncture = 激痛点针灸与传统针灸的关係与比较

Zengfu Peng, Ge Nan, Man-nga Cheng, Ke-hua Zhou

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Trigger point (TrP) acupuncture (dry needling), the use of solid filiform needles at TrPs, has been developed from a comprehensive integration and adaptation of traditional acupuncture using current understandings of TrPs. During the past twenty years, the concept and technique continues to evolve, with a potential to expand to other conditions beyond myofascial pain syndromes that can be managed via stimulating TrPs. In this article, we compared TrP acupuncture and traditional acupuncture from the following aspects: points of needle insertion, need les and needling techniques, and therapeutic indications. Traditional acupuncture encompasses an abundance of methods and techniques in acupuncture practices and has been widely used and studied for a variety of disorders. With unique specific characteristics, TrP acupuncture further develops traditional acupuncture theories, especially the concepts of Ashi point. The location of TrPs, their distribution pattern and pain indication are similar to those of traditional acupoints; the selection of need les, depth of needle insertion, and manipulation techniques are part of traditional acupuncture. TrP acupuncture is thus an integral part of traditional acupuncture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Acupuncture: Moxibustion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

User-Defined Keywords

  • trigger points
  • acupuncture
  • trigger point acupuncture
  • pain
  • myofascial pain syndrome


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