In the Footsteps of the Yellow Emperor: Tracing the History of Traditional Acupuncture

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“[Eckman] traces acupuncture through Chinese antiquity with a very readable clarity absent in other scholarly accounts of the same material. This story blossoms in the twentieth-century convergence of acupuncture traditions in Europe, and stands as the only articulate comprehensive account of this migration.”—J. Helms, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Review

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Overview

Praise for the hardcover edition:

“[Eckman] traces acupuncture through Chinese antiquity with a very readable clarity absent in other scholarly accounts of the same material. This story blossoms in the twentieth-century convergence of acupuncture traditions in Europe, and stands as the only articulate comprehensive account of this migration.”—J. Helms, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Review

“A product of monumental research into the tale of how acupuncture has been transmitted from East to West.”—Alan Hext, European Journal of Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture now enjoys immense popularity as a major form of alternative healing in the West. Once considered mysterious and exotic, acupuncture dates from before the first century BC and the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic), one of ancient China’s earliest philosophical and medicinal texts. What makes it so popular today? How did the traditions of acupuncture evolve, migrate, and adapt to different societies worldwide?

Originally published in 1996 to great acclaim, this updated paperback edition of In the Footsteps of the Yellow Emperor offers a fascinating and highly readable account of one doctor’s personal and professional quest to explore the healing traditions of Asia, its rich historical lineage, and its subsequent transmission to contemporary Europe and North America. It is a must-have book in the healing arts for all practitioners and general-interest readers.

Peter Eckman, MD, PhD (New York University), MAc (College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, England) is editor of The Essential Book of Traditional Chinese Medicine and co-author of Closing the Circle: Lectures on the Unity of Traditional Oriental Medicine. He has a medical practice in San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592650743
  • Publisher: LONG RIVER PRESS
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Eckman received his MD and PhD from New York University. He also holds the MAc from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, England. He is the co-author of "The Essential Book of Traditional Chinese Medicine" and "Closing the Circle: Lectures on the Unity of Traditional Oriental Medicine." He has an active medical practice.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Paperback Edition     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Context     xiii
Introduction     xv
The Circle     1
TCM and LA     11
Legendary Lessons in Virtue     21
From Mythology to Medicine: A History of TOM     37
History as Mystery: Traditional Acupuncture's Journey to the West     91
Epilogue     181
End Notes     195
Appendix     211
Illustration Credits     229
Bibliography     231
Index     241
About the Author     247
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