Basics of Acupuncture

  • Gabriel Stux
  • Bruce Pomeranz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. B. Pomeranz
    Pages 1-3
  3. B. Pomeranz
    Pages 4-55
  4. G. Stux
    Pages 67-183
  5. G. Stux
    Pages 184-195
  6. G. Stux
    Pages 196-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-294

About this book


We are very pleased that it has become necessary after such a short time to publish a new edition of this handy guide to acupuncture, which is intended to combine practicality with an affordable price. It, just like the first edition, is based on our larger Acupunclure­ Textbook and Atlas, but we have taken this opportunity to revise and update the text. For example, several scientific advances have been included in Chapter 2 (e. g. , findings of recent studies on drug addiction, antiemetic effects, and urogenital efficacy). In response to numerous requests we have added a detailed account of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Chapter 8. Although most practitioners in the West have been using "scien­ tific" acupuncture (e. g. , stimulating peripheral nerves to release endorphins), a growing number are now trying TCM approaches. The mechanism of action of TCM is unknown: the method is based on empirical phenomenology and pattern recognition rather than cause-and-effect logic. Nevertheless, double-blind, controlled scien­ tific trials are required to determine whether TCM is more effective than "scientific" acupuncture. Scientific assessment of TCM in con­ trolled clinical trials is possible even in the absence of a scientific explanation of its mechanism of action, i. e. , even if we do not know how it works. Many successful Western medical procedures are empirical; for instance, gaseous anesthetics are used widely al­ though we do not understand how they work.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Gabriel Stux
    • 1
  • Bruce Pomeranz
    • 2
  1. 1.Acupuncture CenterDüsseldorfFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Dept. of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine) Dept. of Zoology (Faculty of Arts and Science)University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-53072-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-97280-5
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