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The Gold and Silver of Auricular Medicine
on May 31, 2017
In the first place, this 2nd English Edition is not spiral bound and may not be too convenient to some. OK to me though as a casual user.
Yes I find this book full of info that sometimes seems uncoordinated, but further reading has proved I was wrong. My main reason for buying this book is to get the nitty gritty on Gold and Silver Points. At first to my dismay I noted that only the Functional Points chapter entries contain text referring to Gold and Silver Points, but later I found that in fact almost every illustration ever put down in the book contains this invaluable info as predicated on the Explanation of Symbols right BEFORE the Introduction. What a treasure trove is now open to me! This might well be the only work of its kind in print. I would give 10 stars for this alone! There are exceptions of course in which this info is missing, especially where a relatively large tranche of the ear topography is involved.
Some of the effects of treatment I have tried are almost instantaneous. For instance, I was able to relieve my Sjögren's syndrome with the Facial Nerve Point (using Pointoselect Digital DT, and also Nd magnets), and my palpitations with the Cardiac Plexus Point. (Could also be due to a healthy dosage of Mg and more diligent qigong exercises.) Will certainly explore and experiment with other Points of interest to me.
This book is grouped into chapters a la but not identical to, the style of the Nogier Frequencies, as seen in the preview pages on this web site with minor differences in the printed version. This is followed by an Appendix of a glossary of Ear Topography, and ending with an index on Projection Zones, Points, and Meridians on the Ear, and yet another index on the Indications. Which could be confusing for first time/cursory readers. Adding sub-chapter headings right on top of the right-hand pages might not add clarity and easy access at first glance but actually helps to locate materials once you are getting used to it. There are copious cross references throughout the text (with exact page nos.) to make it less of a hard nut to crack. Yes, you still have to overcome the clinical and anatomical terms densely mottled throughout the book. This is a book that grows with your grasp of the techniques of auricular acupuncture in all respects.
This publication is called an atlas, but does much more than that. And it has to be approached as such randomly rather than sequentially. Although you still can follow the broad chapter grouping as explained above. And every time I delve into its pages, I find new inspirations to apply to my own DIY needleless ear "acupuncture" techniques and to complement my understanding of the Chinese school as manifested by Dr Li-Chun Huang (available on YouTube) and Ping Chen's Modern Chinese Ear Acupuncture, inter alia. Needless to say, this is a must-have companion to the Pointoselect Digital DT and similar machines, although with the latter, locating Gold and Silver Points can be automatic.
There are other modalities individually or in concert to obtain almost any desired healing effect, not excluding conventional medicine, especially in emergencies. The above are from my own experience as a lay person and your mileage may differ. Usual disclaimers apply. And don't do too much "analysis into paralysis", which I admittedly often do--grab a copy (if you are lucky) before it is gone. (Not related to Amazon.)