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Celestial Lancets

A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa

By Gwei-Djen Lu, Joseph Needham

Introduction by Vivienne Lo

Routledge – 2002 – 480 pages

Series: Needham Research Institute Series

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    978-0-7007-1458-2
    July 3rd 2002

Description

Using modern knowledge to shed light on ancient techniques, this text examines two of the earliest 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 on the body's surface; moxibustion is the burning of Artemisia tinder (moxa) either directly on the skin 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. Providing a full historical account of acupuncture and moxibustion in the theoretical structure of Chinese medicine, Doctors Lu and Needham combine it with a rationale of the two techniques in the light of modern scientific knowledge.

Contents

List of Illustrations List of Tables List of Abbreviations Authors' Foreword 1. Introduction 2. The ching-lo system and its classical theory 3. Historical growth of the system 4. Moxibustion 5. Therapy and analgesia; physiological interpretations 6. Influences on other cultures 7. The lore of vital spots 8. Conclusions Bibliographies General Index

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  1. Asian Studies

Name: Celestial Lancets: A History and Rationale of Acupuncture and Moxa (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Gwei-Djen Lu, Joseph NeedhamIntroduction by Vivienne Lo. Using modern knowledge to shed light on ancient techniques, this text examines two of the earliest therapeutic techniques of Chinese medicine: acupuncture and moxibustion. Acupuncture is the implantation of very thin needles into subcutaneous connective...
Categories: Asian Studies