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Acupuncture: The Ancient Chinese Art of Healing and How it Works Scientifically Paperback – January 12, 1973
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Dr. Felix Mann, President of the Medical Acupuncture Society, is one of the outstanding Western practitioners of the ancient Chinese art, which he has been using for some years in London. In this complete revision of his 1962 book -- over half of which is entirely new material -- he describes in detail for the first time how acupuncture works from a scientific point of view, explaining the neurophysiological mechanism involved as well as the basic principles and laws according to the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. Written for both the layman and the medical profession, the book illustrates its points with case histories drawn from Dr. Mann's own patients in England.
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Dr. Felix Mann, founder and past president of the Medical Acupuncture Society, was one of the outstanding western practitioners of the ancient Chinese art. His book Acupuncture: The Ancient Chinese Art of Healing, first published in 1962, was the first comprehensive English-language textbook on the subject. He died in 2014.
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I want to draw your attention to this comment from the Preface: "A few months before the publication of the 2nd edition of this book, my more popularly written book on acupuncture for the layman, 'Acupuncture --- Cure of Many Diseases' was published. Hence this second edition is rewritten more from the point of view of doctors and others having a greater interest in Far Eastern philosophy and medicine, as my other books (except Acupuncture --- Cure of Many Diseases) have always been written."
That tells me the other book may be more for me, as I am a lay person, and I have ordered it used. It is not as readily available and is much more expensive new.
That said, I am not at all unhappy to have this little gem in my library. It includes fascinating history of acupuncture and palatable information like this: "In acupuncture, the needle is frequently placed at the opposite end, and possibly opposite side, of the body from that of the diseased organ or site of symptoms. Under certain conditions one of these distant and contralateral pricks can have an effect in one or two seconds."
It also includes information like this: "Normally the dermatome of the arm is given as C5 to T1, whilst the sympathetic dermatome obtained by stimulating the anterior spinal root is T2 to T9." Not much I'll do with that. :)
The contains incredible information and those of us with a greater interest as the author says will love it. Even we may not make use of all of it, but the book gives great insight into a complicated practice. There is an entire chapter on pulse reading. I shall never master it, as that is not the intention, but I now understand what the practitioner is doing and am even informed enough to ask questions about what was noticed.
My practitioner uses Japanese acupuncture and I found this book, which has been very readable and informative. If you have Kindle, you can read the whole book for $3.03. Japanese Acupuncture 101: A Clinical Guide for Beginners. The "real" book is less than $20.00. :)
What I really love is that acupuncture is helping relieve some serious back issues and easing some anxieties. I just want to understand more about the practice and this little book is filled with incredible information, simply incredible.
I like it much, much more than this one: Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine. It was so thick I could not get through it. To be fair, it is about Chinese Medicine as a whole and is recommended widely; just not for me. This is another popular tome on Chinese MedicineThe Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine. TCM is an old practice and very complex, but these books cover the topic, including acupuncture. If you want to just hone in on acupuncture, this little book you are considering has lots to offer.
Enjoy whatever you read and be well.
The book shows his research and findings, discusses the meridians and how they relate to his dermatomes, and generally discusses the TCM theory (which includes the 5 element interactions explained in great detail.) At times, some of the diagrams seem crowded, but the information in this book dwarfs that fact by far.
Some of the topics in the book include:
-Medical experiments carried out on animals, research statistics
-Medical cases as they relate to accupuncture
-5 Element theory
-Accupoint categories and their meeting points
In this book and in others, Dr. Mann Acupuncture : Cure of Many Diseases Reinventing Acupuncture: A New Concept of Ancient Medicine, 2e suggests that the neurological mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia is rapidly becoming apparent. Dr. Mann describes many scientific studies of acupuncture for the most commonly occurring forms of chronic pain (back, knee, and head) published and show that acupuncture shows significant superiority over sham treatment for back pain, knee pain, and headaches. It has been shown repeatedly that acupuncture is effective in treating pain; it works 70% to 85% of the time, far greater than the placebo, which only has about 30% efficiency. Dr. Mann offers lucid summaries of modern research into the potential mechanisms of acupuncture. "Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese art of healing and how it works scientifically" is a classic, even a revolutionary guide on the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in the synthesizing of Western and Eastern healing practices. I learned more in several weeks of reading this powerful textbook than I had in years of study before.
In acupuncture, the treatment points for a meridian imbalance are frequently found on the opposite side and even the opposite end of the body from that of the diseased organ or area of symptoms. In a number of research studies one of these distant treatment sites can have an effect in one or two seconds. This speed of conduction leaves the nervous system as the primary mechanism of TCM. Acupuncture points may actually be areas of high-density nerve endings. The neurological theories of TCM - and the relationship of TCM with the muscular system -- suggest themselves. Much of the neurological research done by Mann, Stux, Pomeranz and many others have brought acupuncture methodologies and outcome studies into the mainstream scientific world. It should be noted too that one of the great innovators of American medicine, Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr., the founder of Applied Kinesiology, was significantly influenced by Dr. Mann's textbook. This has led to literally hundreds of thousands of other clinicians to work in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The nervous system offers another physiological possibility for explaining the clinical phenomena and effects of acupuncture treatment, further bridging eastern and western allopathic and complementary and alternative medicine and chiropractic approaches. This textbook is fantastic, and will grow your appreciation of the science and the subtleties of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Highly recommended!
By Dr. Scott Cuthbert, author of Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Health Care (2014), and Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions.
This book validates TCM for those with a "scientific" mind. It is intereasting to see how it started and what the thinking towards holistic medicine was.
A good primer. Not a sit down thumb through it type book...heavy and meaty.