This is the official revision of Essentials of Chinese Acupuncture used by theInternational Acupuncture Training Centers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing. Presentedin 18 chapters, it begins with a brief history, followed by a discussion of yin-yang and thefive phases, a review of the zang, fu, and extraordinary fu and their interrelationships, adiscourse on qi, blood and body fluids, a description of the meridians and collaterals, andlocation of the acupuncture points.
Theoretical discussions include etiology and pathogenesis, diagnostic methods,differentiation of syndromes, and acupuncture techniques. Treatment information includesmoxibustion and cupping, general principles of acupuncture treatment, internal diseases,and gynecological diseases. There is a supplementary section on ear acupuncture andanesthesia, a bibliography, a cross index of acupuncture points, and an index. The bookincorporates the experience of teaching classes of Western physicians as well asclinical practice and acupuncture research. The information retains the characteristicfeatures of traditional acupuncture and stresses the integration of theory and practice.
In this revised second edition, some revisions and readjustments have been made in thelight of existing needs in education, scientific research, medical treatment, andinternational academic exchanges. These include typographical corrections, locationaland terminological standardisation according to guidelines set out by the WHO and thePRC State Bureau of Technical Supervision standards, and elimination of more abstrusecontents (These latter to be expanded and included in a forthcoming text, Supplement toChinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion)