Acupuncture in Physiotherapy

Key Concepts and Evidence-Based Practice


  • Val Hopwood, PhD, FCSP, Dip Ac Nanjing, Course Director, MSc Acupuncture, Coventry University, Coventry, UK

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.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5328-2

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
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

Treatments by condition, ref to case histories