In classical Chinese medicine, the ear is considered an extraordinarily powerful nexus of energy through which the entire body can be treated. Unlike numerous texts that apply Western approaches to Eastern medicine, Chinese Auricular Acupuncture explains ear acupuncture within the framework of traditional Oriental energetics consistent with the use of the medicine.
Written by an esteemed practitioner and teacher of auricular acupuncture, this modern, user-friendly guide provides students and practitioners with a concise manual on ear acupuncture. High-quality photos illustrate common ear pathology and include instruction on diagnosis. The text features Chinese clinical energetics of ear acupoints interfaced with the most common diagnostic paradigms. It also contains a detailed discussion of how to construct prescriptions tailored to the patient rather than the disease process.
This unique book simplifies the art of auricular acupuncture by relying solely on the traditional Chinese ear map rather than a set of complex charts and systems. This approach explains the practical utilization of auricular therapy in a manner that is memorable, clinically useful, and based on the underpinnings of an education in traditional Chinese medicine.
Table of Contents
An Ancient Microsystem with Modern Applications
THE ANATOMICAL TERMINOLOGY OF AURICULAR MEDICINE
THE LOCATION OF 100 COMMON EAR POINTS
THE CLINICAL ENERGETICS OF THE EAR POINTS
CAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS
Which Side of the Ear to Treat
EAR DIAGNOSIS AND MORPHOLOGY
How to Inspect the Ear
The Characteristics of the Normal Ear
The Abnormal Ear: Ear Pathology and Its Clinical Differentiation
EAR PRESCRIPTION CONSTRUCTION AND FORMULAS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS
How to Construct Ear Prescriptions
Clinically Effective Protocols for Specific Conditions
Prescriptions from China
CLINICAL RESEARCH AND EFFECTIVE POINTS
"This book is an excellent introduction to Chinese auricular acupuncture for students and practitioners of acupuncture. The information is well organized and provides the reader with the necessary tools to understand the how and why of ear acupuncture. This is also a valuable reference/guide for any student or practitioner of acupuncture with a desire to add more knowledge to their repertoire of skills."
- in Doody's
"Written by an experienced practitioner and teacher of auricular acupuncture, this modern user-friendly guide provides students and practitioners with a concise manual of ear acupuncture . . . remains unique because it simplifies the art of auricular acupuncture by relying solely on the TCM ear map rather than a set of complex charts and systems."
– Dr. Val Hopwood, Department of Physiotherapy and Dietetics, Coventry University, in Journal of Acupuncture, Autumn 2008