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An Introduction to Western Medical Acupuncture

This book is a clear and practical introductory guide to the practice of medical acupuncture. It describes the Western medical approach to the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox diagnosis. The text covers issues of safety, different approaches to acupuncture, basic point information, clinical issues and the application of acupuncture in clinical conditions, especially in the treatment of pain.

Paperback, 320 Pages

Published: October 2008

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07177-5


  • "Written by a trio of very experienced acupuncture practitioners, clinicians and researchers, the book is a ‘one-stop shop’ in Western medical acupuncture...I am confident that it will be able to stand on its own and establish itself as THE modern manual of medical acupuncture. I do not think I will stop recommending it."
    Focus on Alternative and Complimentary Therapies, 2009


  • Glossary
    1. Introduction

    Section I Principles
    2. An overview of Western medical acupuncture
    3. Neurological mechanisms I: local effects
    4. Neurological mechanisms II: segmental analgesia
    5. Neurological mechanisms III: extrasegmental analgesia
    6. Neurological mechanisms IV: central regulatory effects
    7. Myofascial trigger points
    8. Traditional Chinese acupuncture reinterpreted

    Section II: The evidence
    9. Clinical research into the effectiveness of acupuncture
    10. Evidence on the safety of acupuncture

    Section III: Practical aspects
    11. Preparation for treatment
    12. Effective needling techniques
    13. Safe needling
    14. Other acupuncture techniques

    Section IV: Treatment manual
    15. Treatment guidelines
    16. Reference charts: points and innervation



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