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Auriculotherapy Manual

Beginning with a synopsis of the history of auriculotherapy and its comparison with body acupuncture, this book continues with the most complete and thorough collection of auriculotherapy ear charts available. The descriptions of auricular anatomy present the ear topographically in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. They point out the ear landmarks, including those aspects hidden by overlaying anatomy. These descriptions include the relation of one landmark to another as well as to the parts of the body. The maps are made more useful by the development of a fully illustrated presentation and an inclusive nomenclature for ear point locations.

Terry Oleson; Paperback, 248 pages

Close to the Bone

The author is a practicing osteopath and acupuncturist specializing in musculoskeletal disorders. He has designed this book as a practical reference for clinical use. The first section covers TCM physiology, pathology and etiology of musculoskeletal disorders, with treatment priorities and TCM treatments and point selections. The second section surveys the tissues and their specific disorders and treatment. The third section, the major part of the book, is a regional review with illustrations of all the articular areas. Each is explained from both Western and TCM viewpoints. The relevant acupuncture points are also discussed. The method of examination of the area, and its disorders and their treatment, are described in detail.

David Legge; Paperback, 243 pages

Cupping Therapy, A Practical Guide

Chinese methods of cupping -- applying vacuum cups to areas on the skin surface in order to relieve stagnation and promote flow of blood and qi -- are presented in historical and clinical perspective. Cupping treatments describe therapy for common disorders ranging from abdominal pain, stroke, and asthma to anemia, diarrhea, and back pain. Over 60 illustrations complement the textual detail.

Ilkay Chirali; Paperback, 200 pages

Eight Extraordinary Meridians

This book presents an examination of the eight extraordinary meridians from the texts of the Neijing, the Nanjing, and their commentaries. The first section provides an overview of meridians as revealing the basic interaction of yin and yang within the body, providing the foundation for the movement of qi and the underlying framework for the main meridian system. In-depth descriptions of the du mai, ren mai, chong mai and dai mai build up a simple structural picture of the body that is further elaborated in the presentations of the qiao and the wei mai. Each name is discussed, looking at the etymology and nuance of meaning. Classical descriptions of points and pathways are explored in depth.

Claude Larre, Elizabeth Rochai; Paperback, 256 pages

Essentials of Contemporary Chinese Acupuncturists Clinical Experiences

This work is edited by two highly respected Chinese professors and practitioners. They present many new ideas they hope will popularize acupuncture and stimulate academic development. The 69 articles each contain a brief introduction to the author, giving background and major achievements. There is an overview of the theory, technique, prescription, acumoxa treatment, and instruments applied. Additionally, there is a consideration of case records and an analysis of the clinical specialty.

You Bang Chen; Paperback, 639 pages

Fundamental of TCM

This book outlines the basic concepts and theories of TCM. It is useful for laypersons who need a comprehensive approach. Discussed are yin/yang, 5 phases, viscera, qi/xue/jinye, meridians and collaterals, pathogenesis, diagnostic techniques, 8 guiding principles, identification of syndromes according to zang fu, prevention and treatment of disease.

Hui-he Yin; P. 300 pp p

Gua Sha, A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice
Gua sha is an indigenous folk technique that stimulates the skin to bring sha rash to the surface, releasing the exterior and resolving Qi and Blood stagnation. The author explains how to apply gua sha in specific disorders, with case studies documenting successful treatment of pain and illness. Clinically valuable to acupuncture as well as bodywork practice, the book is easy to follow with illustrations, color and black-and-white photos.

Arya Nielsen; Paperback, 169 pages

Extraordinary Vessels

This text makes available the information a student or practitioner needs to add important and powerful treatments to their repertoire. The authors have assembled theoretical explanations and treatment systems based on the use of the eight extraordinary vessels. The information comes from highly successful Oriental scholars and practitioners. The reasoning and research from which these treatment systems are derived is detailed, beginning with the classical descriptions of these vessels as the oceans of qi and blood.

Kiiko Matsumoto, Stephen Birch; Paperback, 294 pages

Foundations of Chinese Medicine

This text covers the basic theory of traditional Chinese medicine for beginning students. Concentrating on acupuncture, and emphasizing relationships in its discussions of pathogenesis and therapy, Foundations uses many illustrations, diagrams, and case histories to reinforce the text. It describes the functions, etiologies and patterns associated with each of the channels and organs. Also included are descriptions of hand diagnosis, eye reflex areas, and information regarding the often overlooked specifics of habit and lifestyle.

Giovanni Maciocia; Hardcover, 498 pages

Grasping the Wind, the Meaning of Chinese Acupuncture Point Names

Point names, the traditional means for identifying acupoints, have meanings that are, like the wind, hard to grasp. Yet enfolded in these often poetic words is a utility that involves the complex associations derived from the evolution of the Chinese language and the vast array of therapeutic analogies found in traditional medical works.

Andrew Ellis, Nigel Wiseman, Ken Boss; Paperback, 462 pages

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