Traditional Japanese Acupuncture: Fundamentals of Meridian Therapy
KUWAHARA Koei (editor)
Meridian Therapy is a system of clinical acupuncture utilised in Japan and rooted not only in the acupuncture classics (e.g., the Su Wen, Ling Shu, and Nan Jing) but also the modern clinical experience of highly successful Japanese clinicians. While it is already possible to read the works of individual Japanese clinicians such as Yoshio Manaka and Denmai Shudo, this text is the first chance English-speakers will have to gain an appreciation of the clinical experience of meridian therapists as a whole. Meridian therapy is a very sophisticated modality that offers Western students, practitioners, and their patients a practical way of choosing and applying treatment in the light of clinical reality. The authors are among Japan's foremost teachers and clinicians. They have compiled a work that provides a broad, accurate, and detailed foundation for students learning acupuncture or for clinicians wishing to improve their clinical results. This is an important and pivotal contribution to the acculturation of classical acupuncture. Chapter 1 covers the development of Meridian Therapy to accommodate to the historical circumstances of acupuncture in Japan and the need to develop ways to simplify and teach meridian-based acupuncture. Chapter 2 offers an introduction to the basics - including Yin and Yang, Five Phases, Ki, Blood, Fluids, deficiency and excess. Chapter 3 contains an overview of the meridians and acupuncture points. This includes channel-by-channel descriptions of flow, connecting vessel, divergent channel, and channel sinews for each of the 12 main meridians. There are explanations and descriptions of the eight extraordinary vessels. Chapter 4 covers the internal organs by describing the nature, areas of control, functional properties, seasonal relationship, and paired organ relationships. Chapter 5 delves into the aetiology of disease, giving the details of constitutional patterns, deficiency/excess patterns, heat/cold patterns, and their combinations. Endogenous factors such as emotions, fatigue, and dietary consumption and as well as the factors of season, temperature, and weather are also detailed. Chapter 6 contains a discussion of symptoms and pathology according to yin/yang, five phase, deficiency/excess, paired organ and extraordinary vessel patterns and relationships. Chapter 7 covers diagnosis, beginning with the three methods of looking, listening and smelling, and questioning, then proceeding to abdominal diagnosis and its related patterns, back examination, and meridian palpation. Chapter 8 is entirely given over to pulse palpation, one of the most important diagnostic tools in Meridian Therapy. There are pulse diagnosis techniques for the beginning student as well as the advanced practitioner, and detailed coverage of 30 different pulse patterns and 13 different deficiency patterns. Chapter 9 details treatment strategies and procedures, including point selection for root treatment based on Chapters 69, 75, and 68 of the Nan Jing, as well as point selection for local treatment. Several different types of treatment are presented.
255 x 205mm; Illustrations, Bibliography, Index, Glossary,