Peter Mole has written a perfect introduction to acupuncture for anyone interested in understanding its ancient origins, principles, methods and why it is still a potent therapy relevant for people in the 21st century. With its clear structure and accessible language, this book is an ideal introduction for anyone planning to have acupuncture. I would readily recommend it to any of my patients considering acupuncture treatment to inspire confidence and to dispel any misconceptions about this profound system of medicine. -- Dr Clare Stephenson, General Practitioner, Oxford, UK and author of The Complementary Therapist's Guide to Clinical Medicine For students and anyone considering treatment or undergoing acupuncture, this book is a must-read. For students, this overview make study more meaningful. For patients, understanding the process of treatment makes the experience richer. -- John Hicks, PhD, Joint Principal and Co-Founder of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, UK This book is a fascinating and detailed exploration of the philosophy, principles, and practice of acupuncture. Punctuated with cases and enriched with quotes from ancient texts, the book reveals why this ancient system of medicine remains effective and relevant for those seeking health of mind, body and spirit today. -- Lynn Walmsley, doctor of Western Medicine, Bristol, UK
Acupuncture is a holistic therapy which originated in China over 5000 years ago. It is now widely practised in the Western world to relieve the symptoms of a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. Acupuncture, as in all Chinese medicine, views the patient as a 'whole' and treats nearly all chronic disease as a manifestation of the individual's particular weaknesses. When acupuncture is directed at these long-standing weaknesses or 'imbalances', the patient is often amazed to find that not only is his or her main complaint improving, but many secondary complaints are too. By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, the life force or 'Qi' in the body is stimulated, enabling it to return to health, balance and harmony in body, mind and spirit.
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