Japanese Acupuncture: A Clinical Guide

Japanese Acupuncture: A Clinical Guide

by Stephen Birch
     
 
A practical introduction to the tools, skills, and techniques of acupuncture, with an emphasis on those particular to Japan.

From the Author:

We have produced a book to represents a new level of development and maturity in the field of acupuncture in the West. Most books in English reiterate the same basic materials over and over again, with a heavy

Overview

A practical introduction to the tools, skills, and techniques of acupuncture, with an emphasis on those particular to Japan.

From the Author:

We have produced a book to represents a new level of development and maturity in the field of acupuncture in the West. Most books in English reiterate the same basic materials over and over again, with a heavy emphasis on theory. It is only recently that the field (in the English language) has matured sufficiently to develop the teaching tools for the next stage of development: technical refinements and clinical detail. This book is a compilation of extremely useful common and not so common methods used in Japan. We thoroughly searched the modern literature from Japan and its specialized techniques to compile detailed descriptions of techniques used by well-known practitioners in Japan and refined the presentation through our own experience learning with Japanese teachers. We feel the photography in the text makes the methods come alive, ensuring accessibility and precision. The introductory sections give an overview of the history, nature and development of acupuncture in Japan, and how the materials in the book dovetail with techniques and methods described in other texts on Japanese acupuncture (notably the work of Manaka and meridian therapy).

The chapter on needling is perhaps the largest ever compiled in English. It covers detailed uses of the nine needles of the Ling Shu uses of the needle and tube in a variety of methods, and the moxa on the handle of the needle technique. The next chapter details the use of moxibustion, which is a highly specialized practice in Japan. The next three chapters describe the use of intradermal needles, press-tack needles and press-spheres. The following two chapters describe highly specialized uses of cupping and bloodletting. The use of Manaka's wooden hammer and needle (helpful both in the clinic and for home therapy) is then described. The final chapter describes a number of cases compiled from the Japanese literature and the clinical cases of the authors. Each chapter contains a repetoir of established therapeutic applications for the techniques described.

The depth of clinical detail in this text will allow readers to use the book as a reference while learning to use and refine these methods.

Editorial Reviews

Junji Mizutani
The authors' sincere interest and scholarship are everywhere evident in this text. Its relevance makes it an ideal choice for students and practitioners.
North American Journal of Oriental Medicine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780912111421
Publisher:
Paradigm Publications
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

What People are saying about this

Charles Chace
...required reading for anyone with an interest in non-TCM acupuncture styles. It provides the essential clinical and practical context for any discussion of acupuncture originating in Japan.
Martin Feldman
What an impressive and enjoyable book! It is easy to read, and packed full of information for the novice as well as the experienced practitioner. Includes many treatment suggestions and case studies never before available in English.
— (Martin Feldman, Director, Japanese Acupuncture Department, New England School of Acupuncture)
Jake Fratkin
Japanese Acupuncture: A Clinical Guide is a through an excellent overview of Japanese techniques and palpatory skills and is destined to become a basic textbook. Birch and Ida's book will catapult Japanese-style acupuncture into the mainstream that it deserves.
— (Jake Fratkin, OMD, National Association of Teachers of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)

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