Key Features

  • A practical guide to the principles and clinical practice of medical acupuncture
  • A clear guide to the neurophysiological principles which underlie medical approaches to acupuncture
  • A basic explanation of the different styles of medical acupuncture treatment
  • Allows the reader to accrue the practical knowledge necessary before beginning to work with medical acupuncture.

Table of Contents

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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Churchill Livingstone
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About the authors

Adrian White

Affiliations and Expertise

Honorary University Fellow, Primary Care Group, Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMED), University of Plymouth, UK; (formerly) Editor, Acupuncture in Medicine

Mike Cummings

Affiliations and Expertise

Medical Director, British Medical Acupuncture Society, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, London, UK

Jacqueline Filshie

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Anaesthetist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, The Lister Hospital, London, UK