J. Needham | Gwei-djien Lu

Celestial Lancets

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.


Gwei-djien Lu

Gwei-djien Lu

Lu Gwei-djen (1904-1991) was an expert on the history of science and technology in China. She was also a doctor of nutriology. As well as an important researcher and co-author of the project Science and Civilisation in China led by Joseph Needham.

J. Needham

J. Needham

Noël Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham (1900-1995) war ein anerkannter Sinologe und Biochemiker aus Großbritannien. Er war eine große Autorität auf dem Gebiet der chinesischen Wissenschaftsgeschichte. 1968 wurde Needham mit der George-Sarton-Medaille ausgezeichnet.