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Celestial lancets : a history and rationale of acupuncture and moxa

Author: Gwei-Djen Lu; Joseph Needham
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2002.
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Using modern knowledge to shed light on ancient techniques, this text examines two of the earliest therapeutic techniques of Chinese medicine: acupuncture and moxibustion. Acupuncture is the implantation of very thin needles into subcutaneous connective tissue and muscle at a great number of different points on the body's surface; moxibustion is the burning of Artemisia tinder (moxa) either directly on the skin or

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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gwei-Djen Lu; Joseph Needham
ISBN: 9780700714582 0700714588
OCLC Number: 47637647
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
Description: li, 427 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Vivienne Lo --
1. Introduction --
2. The ching-lo system and its classical theory --
i. The circulation of chi and blood --
ii. The tracts (ching), regular and auxiliary --
iii. The acu-points (hsueh), ordinary and special --
3. Historical growth of the system --
i. Origin and nature of the instruments --
ii. The oldest references --
iii. China's Hippocratic Corpus --
iv. Developments in the Han and San Kuo periods --
v. Specialist writings and treatises, from Chin to Sung --
vi. Circadian rhythms and cosmic cycles --
vii. Last phases of the tradition --
4. Moxibustion --
5. Therapy and analgesia; physiological interpretations --
i. The therapeutic range --
ii. Head Zones, dermatomes and referred pain --
iii. Corticosteroids and antibodies --
iv. Acupuncture and major surgery --
v. The neuro-physiology of acupuncture analgesia --
vi. Efferent inhibition --
vii. Afferent inhibition --
viii. Neuro-chemical factors --
6. Influences on other cultures --
i. Asian receptions --
ii. Europe and the West --
iii. The nineteenth century and after --
7. The lore of vital spots --
8. Conclusions --
A. Chinese and Japanese books before + 1800 --
B. Chinese and Japanese books and journal articles since + 1800 --
C. Books and journal articles in Western languages --
Table of Chinese Dynasties.
Responsibility: Lu Gwei-djen and Joseph Needham ; with a new introduction by Vivienne Lo.


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