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Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture (Paradigm title) Paperback – February, 1991


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A treasury of practical value, to dip into and consult rather than languish on a shelf gathering dust. -- Traditional Acupuncture Journal
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Product Details

  • Series: Paradigm title
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Pubns; Revised edition (February 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091211133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912111339
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to use, point by point descriptions.
Matthew R. Goodwin
This book contains a lot of information about the acupuncture points.
Curtis Johnston
The book is very comprehensive and easy to understand.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa VINE VOICE on October 26, 2003
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This book is gold.
The beginning pages of the book state the essential in-depth theory of Acupuncture and Moxabustion. It talks about the needles, the acupuncture techniques, etc. -- all incredibly valuable & important information.
Each section begins with a picture of the full meridian and then proceeds to discuss EACH AND EVERY POINT on that meridian. For EACH point, this is what you get:
- location of the point (using modern anatomical terminology)
- classical location (using the cun measurements and/or descriprion on how to locate the point)
- Function of the point
- indications (what this point can be used for)
- Supplementary indications (even more indications on how this point can be used to relieve conditions and disorders)
- Illustrative point combinations and applications
- Stimulation (how this point is best stimulated, the depth of insertion of the needle, and any applicable moxabustion, such as number of cones and the length of time moxabustion can be applied)
As everything is easy to locate and use, this book makes for an excellent reference on ALL the acupuncture points in a very well-organized manner.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By shath@hotmail.com on April 7, 1999
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As a student of Acupuncture, I am always searching for books to condense and explain . I found the outline of this book very helpful in placing information about the entire meridian including collalerals all together. I also am finding it very helpful to have TCM as well as Western Science indications for the point. I look forward to using this book for years to come.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1998
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A good book bringing lots of pictures and a detailed explanation about each acupuncture point , with its name, indications and techinics. It's a pitty that does not bring some basic concepts about chinese medicine and philosophy, which are useful for begginers. Worth price value.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Errin Davenport on March 12, 2006
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"Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture," is one of the most complete introductions to the Chinese system available. The first section is broken into cohesive information segments. The way it is organised allows you to sit with it and read a segment in a few minutes and learn something important. This book is geared towards practice giving practical and useful information immediately and consistantly. If you sit with a segment until you understand it, by the time you are done you have a very nice full picture of the practice of this wonderful art.

By the time you get to the Acupuncture points you already have a familiar view of the meridians and the book is setup to allow rapid memorization as each point builds the other. The authors have a very masterful understanding of the detail of this system and can convey to the student inner and complex modules and teachings not available in other sources.

By the end you will have a very complete view of real Chinese Acupuncture and an intense understanding of Qi anatomy, how the flow and balance of this subtle energy keeps us healthy, and how the flow is restored. The Qi is divided into Yin and Yang, this can either be in excess or depletion. When one or the other condition occurs illess manifests. In TCM, herbs and Acupuncture work hand in hand to restore the flow, diet and lifestyle maintain the flow.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tymothy Smith on May 28, 2006
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There is nothing particularly exceptional about this book. Much of the information contained can be found in many another text. If i were to recommend a text i would most certainly choose "A Manual of Acupuncture" by Peter Deadman, or "Acupuncture, a Comprehensive Text," translated by Dan Bensky et al. Although i have this book on my shelf, i simply don't have the time to look through differing texts to gleen information, it is simply not my first choice.

One aspect that i do like is that at the end of each chapter there is a chart with multiple functions according to anatomy, this is most useful for the beginning student, that however is the only thing that stands out as exceptional.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By starr on February 14, 2011
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This book has helpd me with different needle tec, moxa, points and channels. I was lucky to get this book in my 1st year and although some of the information was ahead of where i was at, it has grown with me over the last 2yrs. I found it was good explaing the different depths needles are used at and why, when to moxa points, how long for and the number of cones you may use, how some points are not to be used for different stages in life and the needle sensation one may get!
This book walked into my life at the right time! it has kept me going and remindes me why i love this line of healing! I think it helps anyone who is starting out and it will grow with you and you will find as you learn more so this book will suport you as you grow!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweet n' Sassy Shopper on October 12, 2011
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This book was recommended to me by an acupuncturist in the US who studied in China and I am so glad. He said it has always been his favorite because the terminology is easier to understand than some. There is a glossary of terms and an explanation of how they've tailored the book toward Westerners who might take some of the original terminology in the wrong context. Easy to read and understand. My personal application of the material will not use needles, but pressure points and cups so this is perfect for me.
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