A man of Chinese descent is admitted to the hospital with multiple injuries after a motor vehicle accident. His pain is not under control. The client states, “If I could be with my people, I could receive acupuncture for this pain.” The nurse should understand that acupuncture in the Asian culture is based on the theory that it:
1. Purges evil spirits.
2. Promotes tranquility.
3. Restores the balance of energy.
4. Blocks nerve pathways to the brain.
A cupuncture, like acumassage and acupressure, is performed in certain Asian cultures to restore the energy balance within the body. Pressure, massage, and fine needles are applied to energy pathways to help restore the body’s balance. Acupuncture is not based on a belief in purging evil spirits. Although pain relief through acupuncture can promote tranquility, acupuncture is performed to restore energy balance. In the Western world, many researchers think that the gate-control theory of pain may explain the success of acupuncture, acumassage, and acupressure.
CN: Basic care and comfort; CL: Apply