This book allows readers to extend their practice by increasing their understanding of acupuncture and indicating where and how it will benefit their patients. Unlike many obscure acupuncture texts, this book makes the assimilation of knowledge of Chinese language and medical philosophies easy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. Introduction, the main TCM theories and their place in modern practice. Dealt with very briefly. Discussion of wholism as applied to acupuncture Layers of an onion used as a model, indicating arrangement of chapters Basic physiotherapy training deals with only one, the meridian layer Discussion of interlinking and use of acupoints when their complete actions are understood 2. Key concepts Development theory, starting with the building blocks., innermost layer Heaven, Earth, original Qi. Body components Blood Qi and fluids Influence of embryology in ear acupuncture and also extra channels Selected research where it serves to illustrate the theories Case histories 3. Key concepts Zang Fu Theories, descriptions, relation to channels and clinical applications, particularly in physiotherapy Selected research Case histories 4. Key concepts Extra Meridians, clinical application Selected research Application in physiotherapy Case histories 5. Key concepts Meridian acupuncture, clinical application, particular application to pain and neurological conditions Selected research Application in physiotherapy Case histories 6. Key concepts Superficial layers: Luo vessels, Musculo-tendinous acupuncture, Trigger point acupuncture Selected research Application in physiotherapy Case histories 7. Key concepts Microsystems Selected research Application in physiotherapy Case histories 8. Key concepts Chinese diagnosis, pulling it all together, interlinking layers ? 5 elements ? 8 principles ? 6 chiaos ? Tongue ? Pulse ? Pathogens Introduction to syndromes Selected research Application in physiotherapy Case histories 9. Possible mechanisms Summary only, reference to further reading and research papers 10. Research, how assess papers from a TCM perspective Evolving good protocols, examples, evidence and further reading 11. Oddments; scalp acupuncture, moxa and cupping. Relationship to layers of the onion. 12. Additional case histories to encourage clinical use of the wholistic approach Index Treatments by condition, ref to case histories