Acupuncture and Moxibustion, one of the five books in the Practical
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology series, is intended to
acupuncture practitioners and students. Instead of expounding largely
and copiously on acupuncture theories and principles, we stressed in
the book more on its practical value and applicability than theoretical
explorations. It is mainly of our personal experiences accumulated
from years of teaching and clinical practice.
The book is divided into three chapters. The first chapter introd-
uces the most essential and practical techniques as well as the points
which merit special attention in applying acupuncture treatments. The
second chapter is devoted to the most commonly used acupoints.
With a view to practicability and convenience, we have not only
explained the location, function, pathological indications of each point
as almost all books on acupuncture do, but also provided detailed
information on the main points to be combined with the current point
in treating different types of diseases as well as point variations for the
different syndromes of the same disease. Notes are made also to the
needling method for each point. The third chapter deals with
acupuncture treatments of common diseases. Again in order to make
the book more practical and convenient for clinical use, we did not
follow the conventional practice of merely mentioning the syndromes
and listing the points. Instead we first differentiated each case to
determine the nature of its syndrome type as a doctor of traditional
Chinese medicine would have done in the clinic. That is to determine
whether the syndromes are of the yin, yang, xu, or shi type. Then
different methods as well as their purpose and functions are suggested
for each type. We personally used all these treatments and found them
very effective. In fact, so wonderfully effective are some of the
methods that the patients thought we had played magic on them. Case
studies are given to the specially effective cases.
We sincerely hope it will be of help to those who work in this field.