Acupuncture in Practice

2nd Edition

Beyond Points and Meridians

Authors: Anthony Campbell
Paperback ISBN: 9780750652421
eBook ISBN: 9780702038372
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 26th October 2001
Page Count: 160


The main difficulty facing the newcomer to acupuncture is deciding where to place the needles. There is a bewildering range of possibilities, including traditional acupuncture, the use of trigger points, and the segmental approach. This book aims to simplify the choice by building on what is already known. It shows that modern acupuncture is an extension of what health professionals already know. Becoming skilled in acupuncture doesn't require the learning of an ever-increasing number of acupuncture points; rather, it consists in applying existing clinical knowledge in a different way. Acupuncture is an extension of what is already known. It is a rational procedure, based on modern anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

The book is in four parts:

Part 1 looks at traditional acupuncture in relation to the modern version and describes how they differ from each other.

Part 2 considers the important question of safety and then explains the principles on which the approach used in the book is based.

Part 3 applies the principles described in Part 2 to the treatment of the disorders for which acupuncture is suitable. The approach used is regional rather than systemic, because this accords best with the way in which acupuncture is applied in practice.

Part 4 looks at the use of electricity in acupuncture and at specialized forms of acupuncture such as auriculotherapy. There are also chapters on self-acupuncture by patients and the best way to integrate acupuncture into one's existing practice. Finally, the future of acupuncture in the West is reviewed, with a survey of modern research and its problems.

A practical manual for health professionals practicing acupuncture.

Table of Contents

  1. HOW TO LEARN ACUPUNCTURE: Learning acupuncture; The thinking practitioner's version of acupuncture; 2. THE TRADITIONAL VERSION: The basic concepts; Treatment according to the traditional system; Traditional acupuncture in the light of modern knowledge; 3. MODERN ACUPUNCTURE: Pain and the Nervous System; Acupuncture Analgesia; Acupuncture and the Limbic System; NEEDLES AND HOW TO USE THEM: Types of needles; Using the needles; Other needling techniques; The effects of acupuncture; Complications of acupuncture and adverse effects; The question of consent; Main contraindications (all relative); Effects of acupuncture on symptoms; Frequency of treatment; Introducing acupuncture to new patients; 5. PRINCIPLES OF TREATMENT: Where to needle?; Can we find common ground among the various methods?; Recording the treatment; Some examples (comments in square brackets); 6. ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT AREAS: Generalized stimulation; Specific ATAs; The spine - General considerations; The head and neck; The shoulder; The elbow; The wrist and hand; The thoracic spine (lower part); The lumbar and gluteal regions; Lower abdomen; Medial thigh area; Posterior thigh area (hamstrings); The knee; Gastrocnemius and soleus; SP 6 - Medial leg; The ankle and foot; Miscellaneous; Surface anatomy; 7. ELECTRICAL ACUPUNCTURE AND TENS: Electrical acupuncture; TENS for pain relief; References; 8. EAR ACUPUNCTURE (AURICULOTHERAPY): References; 9. RESEARCH IN ACUPUNCTURE: References; 10. SETTING UP AN ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC: Some questions and answers about acupuncture; Instructions for self-acupuncture; Acupuncture and blood donors


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About the Author

Anthony Campbell

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Consultant Physician, Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, London, UK