A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa
- ISBN: 9780700714582
- 2002, 427 pages
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This is a study of two of the most ancient 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 of the body’s surface, moxibustion is the burning of artemisia tinder (moxa) either directly on the shin or just above it. For 2500 years the Chinese have used both techniques to relieve pain and to heal a wide variety of illnesses and malfunctions.
Dr Gwei-Djen Lu and Dr Joseph Needham give a full historical account of acupuncture and moxibustion in the theoretical structure of Chinese medicine, and combine this with a rationale of the two techniques in the light of modern scientific knowledge.