Acupuncture Therapy for Neurological Diseases

  • Ying Xia
  • Xiaoding Cao
  • Gencheng Wu
  • Jieshi Cheng

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Fei Zhou, Dengkai Huang, YingXia
    Pages 32-80
  3. Jinmin Zhu, David N. Kennedy, Xiaoding Cao
    Pages 81-103
  4. Guoqiang Wen, Yilin Yang, Yang Lu, Ying Xia
    Pages 104-119
  5. Guoqiang Wen, Xiaozhou He, Yang Lu, Ying Xia
    Pages 120-142
  6. Gencheng Wu, Yanqing Wang, Xiaoding Cao
    Pages 143-161
  7. Qiliang Maoying, Wenli Mi
    Pages 162-193
  8. Jingchun Guo, Jieshi Cheng, Ying Xia
    Pages 226-262
  9. Xuezhi Kang, Ying Xia
    Pages 289-325
  10. Ru Yang, Jieshi Cheng
    Pages 326-364
  11. Jun Wang, Hui Zhao, Xiaoding Cao
    Pages 365-388
  12. Shulan Ma, Boying Chen
    Pages 389-406
  13. Zhanzhuang Tian, Hong Zhao
    Pages 407-425
  14. Yi Feng, Boying Chen
    Pages 426-436
  15. Qiong Liu, Jin Yu
    Pages 437-459
  16. Yi Feng, Boying Chen
    Pages 460-472
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 473-480

About this book

Introduction

Acupuncture therapy has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for more than two thousand years. Modern clinical research has confirmed the impressive therapeutic effect of acupuncture on numerous human ailments, such as controlling pain, nausea, and vomiting. However, the biological mechanisms of acupuncture are still under debate. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the mechanism of acupuncture therapy is explained by a meridian model. According to this model, acupuncture is believed to treat the diseased organs by modulating two conditions known as Yin and Yang, which represent all the opposite principles that people find in the universe, both inside and outside the human body. Yin and Yang complement each other, and are subjected to changes between each other. The balance of Yin and Yang is thought to be maintained by Qi, an energy substance flowing constantly through the meridian, a network connecting all the organs of the body. The illness, according to this theory, is the temporary dominance of one principle over the other, owing to the blockade of the Qi from flowing through the meridian under certain circumstance. The axiom of “No stagnation, No pain” in TCM summarizes this concept. Thus, the goal of acupuncture treatment is to restore the balance of Yin and Yang conditions in the diseased organ(s). This theory has been considered to be useful to guide this ancient therapy, such as carrying out diagnosis, deciding on the principle, and selecting the acupoints.

Keywords

Acupuncture Chinese Medicine TCM TUP alternative medicine chronic pain clinical application complimentary medicine drug addiction infertility integrative medicine neurobiology neuroscience traditional Chinese medicine traumatic brain injury

Editors and affiliations

  • Ying Xia
    • 1
  • Xiaoding Cao
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gencheng Wu
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jieshi Cheng
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Medical NeurobiologyShanghai Medical College of Fudan UniversityShanghaiP.R. China
  3. 3.Department of Integrative Medicine and NeurobiologyShanghai Medical College of Fudan UniversityShanghaiP.R. China

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-10857-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-10855-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-10857-0