Can classical acupuncture points and trigger points be compared in the treatment of pain disorders? Birch's analysis revisited.

@article{Dorsher2008CanCA,
  title={Can classical acupuncture points and trigger points be compared in the treatment of pain disorders? Birch's analysis revisited.},
  author={Peter P T Dorsher},
  journal={Journal of alternative and complementary medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={
          353-9
        }
}
BACKGROUND A 1977 study by Melzack et al. reported 100% anatomic and 71% clinical pain correspondences of myofascial trigger points and classical acupuncture points in the treatment of pain disorders. A reanalysis of this study's data using different acupuncture resources by Birch a quarter century later concluded that correlating trigger points to classical acupuncture points was not conceptually possible and that the only class of acupuncture points that could were the a shi points. Moreover… CONTINUE READING
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