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The Channels of Acupuncture: Clinical Use of the Secondary Channels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels

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Overview

One of the most highly-regarded and respected authors and lecturers in the West, Giovanni Maciocia, illuminates and examines the art of traditional Chinese acupuncture with this in-depth look at the secondary channels and other key structures encompassing the human body in Chinese anatomy. This book describes in detail the pathways, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of the Luo, Muscle, and Divergent secondary channels, as well as other key structures such as the Cou Li and Huang membranes, and gives a thorough, clear overview of subjects poorly understood and incompletely covered in other English language texts. Over one third of the book is dedicated to the Eight Extraordinary Channels, providing the reader with the most in-depth information available in the English language. Drawing on his broad clinical experience, the author covers the energetic physiology, pathology and points by body area, providing ease of access for both the student and practitioner of acupuncture. The Channels of Acupuncture presents comprehensive and clear information on an essential part of traditional Chinese medicine.

• Covers key channels not thoroughly discussed in other texts, giving all students and practitioners detailed and clear material to guide them in their practice of acupuncture.
• Offers new information and insight on other key body structures in Chinese medicine including extraordinary vessels as well as the Cou Li and Huang membranes.
• Clear illustrations depict the exact channel pathways, diminishing any confusion about their location.
• Case histories and research from Giovanni Maciocia present a wide range of experiences and examples of clinical practice and study.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Aided by numerous attractive illustrations and many quotations, it covers virtually every aspect of channel history, theory, pathways and clinical uses, not just of the primary channels of course, but also of the membranes and fat tissue, the triple burner, the connecting, muscle, divergent channels and the cutaneous regions.

This is yet another extraordinary comprehensive book from Giovanni Maciocia.”

Journal of Chinese Medicine / Number 83 / February 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443074912
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/20/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 1,233,397
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most highly-regarded and respected authors and lecturers in the West. He is Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has many years of experience in teaching and practice. Giovanni trained initially in the UK and then in China, learned Chinese to be able to study from original Chinese texts, and was one of the first practitioners and authors to introduce Chinese medicine in a clear and accessible way to a Western student audience.
Giovanni Maciocia has written other best-selling books under the Elsevier Churchill Livingstone imprint - The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 2e (ISBN 978-0443074905), Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide, 1e (ISBN 9780443064487), The Channels of Acupuncture: Clinical Use of the Secondary Channels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels, 1e (ISBN 9780443074912), The Psyche in Chinese Medicine: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 1e (ISBN 9780702029882), and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2e (ISBN 9780443104220).

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Table of Contents

PART 1

THE CHANNEL SYSTEM

Chapter 1 CONCEPT OF “CHANNEL” IN CHINESE MEDICINE

Chapter 2 MORPHOLOGY AND FLOW OF QI OF CHANNELS

Chapter 3 THE MEMBRANES (HUANG), FAT TISSUE (GAO), THE CAVITIES AND TEXTURE (COU LI) AND THE TRIPLE BURNER CAVITIES

Chapter 4 FUNCTIONS OF THE CHANNELS IN GENERAL

Chapter 5 THE CHANNELS IN DIAGNOSIS

PART 2

MAIN CHANNELS

Chapter 6 PATHWAYS OF THE MAIN CHANNELS

Chapter 7 CHANNEL SYMPTOMS

Chapter 8 TREATMENT OF MAIN CHANNELS

Chapter 9 THE FIVE TRANSPORTING (SHU) POINTS

Chapter 10 CATEGORIES OF POINTS

Chapter 11 THE COMBINATION OF ACUPUNCTURE POINTS

PART 3

CONNECTING CHANNELS (LUO MAI)

Chapter 12 MORPHOLOGY AND PATHWAYS OF CONNECTING CHANNELS

Chapter 13 PHYSIOLOGY OF THE CONNECTING CHANNELS

Chapter 14 AETIOLOGY AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE CONNECTING CHANNELS

Chapter 15 PATHOLOGY OF CONNECTING CHANNELS

Chapter 16 TREATMENT OF THE CONNECTING CHANNELS

PART 4

MUSCLE CHANNELS (JING JIN)

Chapter 17 MORPHOLOGY AND PATHWAYS OF THE MUSCLE CHANNELS

Chapter 18 MUSCLE CHANNELS - FUNCTIONS AND AETIOLOGY

Chapter 19 PATHOLOGY AND SYMPTOMS OF MUSCLE CHANNELS

Chapter 20 TREATMENT OF MUSCLE CHANNELS

PART 5

DIVERGENT CHANNELS (JING BIE)

Chapter 21 MORPHOLOGY OF DIVERGENT CHANNELS

Chapter 22 FUNCTIONS AND CLINICAL USE OF THE DIVERGENT CHANNELS

PART 6

CUTANEOUS REGIONS

Chapter 23 THE 12 CUTANEOUS REGIONS

PART 7

EIGHT EXTRAORDINARY VESSELS

Chapter 24 THE 8 EXTRAORDINARY VESSELS

Chapter 25 CLINICAL USE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY VESSELS

CHAPTER 26 GOVERNING VESSEL (DU MAI)

Chapter 27 DIRECTING VESSEL (REN MAI)

Chapter 28 PENETRATING VESSEL (CHONG MAI)

Chapter 29 GIRDLE VESSEL (DAI MAI)

Chapter 30 YIN STEPPING VESSEL (YIN QIAO MAI)

Chapter 31 YANG STEPPING VESSEL (YANG QIAO MAI)

Chapter 32 COMBINED YIN AND YANG STEPPING VESSELS' PATHOLOGY

Chapter 33 YIN LINKING VESSEL (YIN WEI MAI)

Chapter 34 YANG LINKING VESSEL (YANG WEI MAI)

Chapter 35 COMBINED YIN AND YANG LINKING VESSELS’ PATHOLOGY

Chapter 36 THE EIGHT POINTS OF THE DIVINE TURTLE

PART 8

THE INTEGRATION OF MUSCLE AND CONNECTING CHANNELS

Chapter 37 PAINFUL OBSTRUCTION (BI) SYNDROME
(TRAUMA, SPORTS INJURIES, REPETITIVE-STRAIN INJURY)

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