Meridians and Acupoints

Meridians and Acupoints


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Meridians and Acupoints by Bing Zhu

An in-depth understanding of the meridians and acupoints lies at the heart of effective practice in traditional Chinese medicine. This book outlines everything that practitioners and students need to know.

The book explains how meridians relate to the major organs, where they are located in the body, and how they are linked to the healthy flow of Qi and blood. A large section of the book is devoted to descriptions of specific acupoints - their names, how to locate them, an introduction to the symptoms they can be used to treat, and how. Also included is a thorough introduction to the basics of acupuncture practice, including how to prepare a patient prior to treatment, how to insert and manipulate acupuncture needles, how and when to use moxibustion and cupping techniques, and what to do if treatment goes wrong.

This useful and authoritative textbook, compiled by the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre (CBIATC), under the editorial direction of leading Chinese clinicians Zhu Bing and Wang Hongcai, is essential reading for students of traditional Chinese medicine, and an excellent reference for acupuncture practitioners at all levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848190375
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Series: International Acupuncture Textbooks Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Zhu Bing teaches at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center (CBIATC), an organisation founded in 1975 at the request of the World Health Organisation. CBIATC has a prestigious reputation as one of the world's leading training organisations in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Wang Hongcai teaches at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center (CBIATC), an organisation founded in 1975 at the request of the World Health Organisation. CBIATC has a prestigious reputation as one of the world's leading training organisations in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

I Brief history 14

1 The origins of Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion 14

2 The academic accomplishments of ancient acupuncture and moxibustion 15

3 Modern decline and the new life of acupuncture and moxibustion 21

4 The rejuvenation of acupuncture and moxibustion in New China 22

II The dissemination of acupuncture and moxibustion to the world 23

Chapter 1 The Meridians and Collaterals 25

I Introduction 26

II The composition of the system of the meridians and collaterals 27

1 The nomenclature of the meridians and collaterals 29

2 The distribution of the fourteen meridians 30

3 The circulation direction and linking law of the twelve main meridians 33

4 The cyclical flow of Qi and Blood in the twelve main meridians 34

5 The twelve main meridians 34

6 The eight extra meridians 52

7 The twelve divergent meridians and fifteen collaterals 62

8 The twelve muscle regions and twelve cutaneous regions 76

III The functions of the meridians and collaterals 92

1 Transporting Qi and Blood and regulating Yin and Yang 92

2 Resisting pathogens and reflecting symptoms and signs 92

3 Transmitting needling sensation and regulating deficiency and excess conditions 93

Chapter 2 General Introduction to Acupoints 95

I Introduction 96

II The classification and nomenclature of acupuncture points 96

1 Classification of acupuncture points 96

2 Nomenclature of acupuncture points 97

III An outline of the therapeutic properties of the points of the fourteen meridians 99

1 The remote therapeutic properties of the points 99

2 The local and adjacent therapeutic properties of the points 100

IV Specific points 103

1 Specific points on the limbs 103

2 Specific points on the heel and trunk 105

V Methods of locating acupoints 105

1 Proportional measurements 106

2 Anatomical landmarks 110

3 Finger measurement 110

Chapter 3 Specific Discussion of Acupoints 113

I Acupoints of the twelve main meridians 114

1 The Lung Meridian of Hand-Taiyin 114

2 The Large Intestine Meridian of Hand-Yangming 121

3 The Stomach Meridian of Foot-Yangming 131

4 The Spleen Meridian of Foot-Taiyin 151

5 The Heart Meridian of Hand-Shaoyin 162

6 The Small Intestine Meridian of Hand-Taiyang 168

7 The Bladder Meridian of Foot-Taiyang 178

8 The Kidney Meridian of Foot-Shaoyin 204

9 The Pericardium Meridian of Hand-Jueyin 216

10 The Triple Burner Meridian of Hand-Shaoyang 221

11 The Gallbladder Meridian of Foot-Shaoyang 231

12 The Liver Meridian of Foot-Jueyin 250

II Acupoints of the Governor and the Conception Vessels 259

1 Governor Vessel 259

2 Conception Vessel 270

3 Extra points 280

Chapter 4 Acupuncture and Moxibustion Techniques 297

I Introduction 298

II Filiform needle therapy 298

1 Structure, specification and storage of filiform needles 298

2 Needling practice 300

3 Preparations prior to treatment 301

4 Acupuncture techniques 302

5 Manipulations and the arrival of Qi (needling sensation) 308

6 Reinforcing and reducing methods of acupuncture 311

7 Retaining and withdrawing the needles 314

8 Management and prevention of accidents 314

9 Acupuncture treatment precautions and contraindications 318

III Moxibustion 319

1 Functions of moxibustion 319

2 Materials of moxibustion 320

3 Classification of moxibustion 322

4 Application of moxibustion 326

IV Cupping therapy 327

1 Types of jars 327

2 Indications 328

3 Manipulations 328

4 Precautions 329

V Therapies for three-edged, dermal and intradermal needles 330

1 Three-edged needling therapy 330

2 Dermal needling therapy 331

3 Intradermal needling therapy 332

Glossary 335

A Brief Chronology of the Chinese Dynasties 343

Bibliography 345

Index 346

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