Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Celestial Lancets: A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa (Needham Research Institute Series) 1st Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0700714582
ISBN-10: 0700714588
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$46.50 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$71.73 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
23 New from $48.29 15 Used from $46.50
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Joseph Needham FRS (1900-1995) was the founder of the Science and Civilisation in China project.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Series: Needham Research Institute Series
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700714588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700714582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
50%
4 star
50%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
After finding out that what is taught in the West as `Traditional Chinese Medicine' was basically created by a Chinese Communist government committee from some but not all of the various ancient texts and practices that are available, I wanted to reconstruct Traditional Chinese Medicine (particularly acupuncture) as it actually existed prior to the Communist revolution. I came across Celestial Lancets in the process. Make no mistake, it is a tome, complete with more footnotes and references than most of us can read in several lifetimes.

"Celestial Lancets" is written by one of the top academic researchers on China, Joseph Needham, in collaboration with his Chinese wife. It is part of his encyclopedic "Science and Civilization in China" series. It is written by a serious academic, for other serious academics or practitioners of acupuncture and moxa who want to explore as deeply as possible the history and understanding of these two ancient practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are no less than three bibliographies broken down by language and dates.

Needham is neither a starry-eyed believer in TCM, nor is he a scientific disbeliever. He simply explores the history to a very great, detailed depth, and then does the same for some of the western science that has been done (this chapter alone being almost 75 pages), letting the evidence show for itself. It should be said that the goal of the book seems to be history and explanation of acupuncture and moxa, not an attempt to PROVE the system to the most skeptic of Westerners.

I like reading academic works, though I don't have even an associates degree, and I still found this book tough going, except for the last chapter on `The Lore of Vital Spots'.
Read more ›
Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The book was originally published in 1980, thirty years ago, nowadays this reprint is enriched by two writings : a short preface by Prof. Christopher Cullen and an introduction by Dr. Vivienne Lo.

At the time of the first printing Needham was 80 years old, and as happens in the case of books which have been compiled by great masters, this work is still today very valuable and has not been superseded by some other work.

It is not a book to be read in a week or in a month, it is a sound reference work that anyone who is interested in the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and/or its history should have on its desk or on its nearest bookshelf.

This work is really precious, it fills an important gap in the Western literature, I believe that those who wish to approach these matters in a scientific way should read or refer to it frequently.

Sometimes, the reader will understand its usefulness within few minutes, in other cases he / she will be aware of it only after many years....
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Celestial Lancets: A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa (Needham Research Institute Series)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Celestial Lancets: A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa (Needham Research Institute Series)