A practical manual and resource
- ISBN: 9780443063695
- 2007, 381 pages. incl. CD-Rom
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This book presents an overview of the theoretical foundations of electroacupuncture, together with experimental and clinical evidence for the efficacy of electroacupuncture in its various forms. It also provides guidance on the effective clinical practice of electroacupuncture, illustrated with informative case histories. It serves as an excellent introduction on the subject, covering all the key information a beginning practitioner would need to know, as well as exploring avenues for advanced practice.
The accompanying CD-ROM is an ideal research tool, providing searchable chapters from the book as well as an extensive database of more than 8,000 clinical trials that can be accessed via the CD-ROM or through a companion website.
With forewords by Angela and John Hicks.
Part 1 Initial Orientation.
Introduction. Electroacupuncture East and West: the historical context.
Part 2 Electromagnetism and vibration: concepts and terminology.
Electroacupuncture in context: the effects of electrotherapy. Neurophysiology, acupoints and meridians: Western and Eastern perspectives. How electroacupuncture works I Observations from experimental and animal studies. II Gathering the threads – from observations to mechanisms and models. Does electroacupuncture work? Evaluating the controlled clinical trials. Acupuncture in clinical practice, an overview. Psychological and nervous conditions. Stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Peripheral motor disorders. The immune system and the endocrine system. Disorders of the skin and hair., eye and ear, nose, throat and mouth. Obstetrics, gynaecology and the breast. The cardiovascular system. The respiratory system. The gastrointestinal system, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. The genitourinary tract. Pain and its treatment. Neurogenic pain – Head and facial pain – Neck pain. Musculoskeletal conditions: an integrated approach. Acupuncture anaesthesia. Postoperative pain. Addiction. Appetite regulation and weight control.
Part 3 Technology and Practice.
The technology of acupuncture.
Tools of the Trade.
The basic do’s and don’ts.
An integrated approach.
Conclusion and the view ahead.
Appendix 1 Resources: information, organizations and suppliers.
Appendix 2 Technology in practice: assessment, legislation and insurance.