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Chinese Auricular Acupuncture

2nd Edition

By Skya Abbate

Routledge

325 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 61 B/W Illus.

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Chinese Auricular Acupuncture provides students and practitioners with a clear, concise, and user-friendly manual on ear acupuncture. It reduces the need for memorization by presenting a method of ear acupuncture that is in keeping with the underpinnings of traditional Chinese medicine.

The book can be independently studied and easily used to treat various diseases. It covers ear modalities such as needles, press tacks, seeds and incorporates actual cases from clinical practice to illustrate the clinical applicability of specific modalities and ear acupuncture points. A section on ear diagnosis allows you to supplement your assessment of the pulse, tongue, and hara, thus improving your ability to differentiate the functional basis of imbalance and illness.

This edition includes five new chapters on the multiple use of auricular points, prescriptionology practice, common ear questions, new research, and ethical issues. It contains detailed tables and photographs that aid understanding and includes an extensive and updated bibliography.

The greatest strength of this book is its user friendliness, which allows both the beginning student and the experienced practitioner to successfully apply auricular medicine in the treatment of their patients in a caring, relatively noninvasive, and effective manner.

Reviews

"… includes five new chapters incorporating new research and common questions as well as ethical issues that may arise, and it provides an easy format that allows newcomers and seasoned practitioners an easy path to applying auricular acupuncture techniques to a range of health conditions … a solid reference."

Midwest Book Review

"… it provides an easy format that allows newcomers and seasoned practitioners an easy path to apply auricular acupuncture techniques to a range of health conditions. From Oriental medical theory basics and Western contrasts to clinical perspectives, Chinese Auricular Acupuncture is a solid reference that provides specific techniques, discusses common issues, and includes everything needed to effectively apply acupuncture in this manner. And while one might anticipate the discussions to be medically weighty and scientific, a surprisingly pleasing, easy approach makes this accessible even to beginning students of acupuncture."

Donovan’s Literary Services, October 2015

"Of all the current books on this subject in the English language, Dr. Abbate's most closely approximates the type of ear acupuncture that Americans prefer to practice. That makes it a valuable resource for entry-level students and a reassuring guide for seasoned acupuncturists who might wish to renew their skills in this area. It provides answers to questions that are never addressed in more lapidary treatments. … On the other hand, Dr. Abbate clearly understands that ear acupuncture is ultimately a simple therapy with a wide range of treatment options, many of which are determined entirely by practitioner preference. She avoids the academic complexities found in [other] works, … preferring a direct, learner-friendly approach. Likewise, she steers clear of the highly prescriptive regimens, … leaving many of the treatment choices open-ended. Chinese Auricular Acupuncture is perfect for students, and I intend to use it in my classes. It is a great refresher for more experienced practitioners. Overall, this is the most well-written and practical book on ear acupuncture available on the market. I recommend it very highly. Weighted Numerical Score: 91 - 4 Stars!"

—John E Pirog, MSOM, Northwestern Health Sciences University, from Doody's Book Review Service

Table of Contents

The Ear: An Ancient Microsystem with Modern Applications

Objectives

Introduction

History

Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear

The Clinical Utility of the Ear for Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Disease

Summary

References

Bibliography

The Anatomical Terminology of Auricular Medicine

Objectives

Introduction

Framework of the Ear

Bibliography

The Location of 100 Common Ear Points

Objective

Introduction

Points of the Triangular Fossa (G): Points That Relate to Nervous and Hormonal Regulation and the Pelvic Organs

Points of the Lobe (P): Points of the Head and Face

Points of the Tragus (J): Points That Pertain to Hormonal Regulation

Points of the Scaphoid Fossa (O): Points of the Upper Limb

Points of the Cavum Concha (H): Organs of the Thoracic Region

Points of the Cymba Concha (I): The Abdominal Organ Points

Points of the Helix (A) and the Crus of the Helix (B): Assorted Points and Points of the Lower Portion of the Body

Points of the Antitragus (M) and Intertragic Notch Area (L): Points of the Head and Brain Regions

Points of the Antihelix (C)

Points on the Back of the Ear (U): Vagus Nerve, Blood Pressure, Back Pain, and Brain Function

References

Bibliography

The Clinical Energetics of the Ear Points

Objectives

Introduction

Points of the Triangular Fossa

Points of the Lobe

Points of the Tragus

Points of the Scaphoid Fossa

Points of the Cavum Concha

Points of the Cymba Concha

Points of the Helix

Points of the Antitragus

Points of the Antihelix

Points on the Posterior Aspect of the Ear

References

Bibliography

Cautions and Contraindications

Objective

Introduction

Pregnancy

Skin Problems

Special Considerations

Pain and Other Variables

Side Effects

Positioning of Patients

References

Bibliography

Ear Modalities

Objectives

Introduction

Palpation and Massage

Needles

Ear Seeds and Herbal Plasters

Ear Pellets

Ear Tacks

Intradermal Needles

Magnets

Electricity

Bleeding

Moxibustion

Incisions and Sutures

Injections

Laser

Staples

Plum Blossom Needling

New Modalities

Which Side of the Ear to Treat?

Therapeutic Result

References

Bibliography

Patient Handout Plan—About Your Visit

Ear Diagnosis and Morphology

Objectives

Introduction

How to Inspect the Ear

The Characteristics of the Normal Ear

The Abnormal Ear: Ear Pathology and Its Clinical Differentiation

Ear Pathology

Organ, Body System, and Body Part Pathology

References

Bibliography

Ear Prescriptions: Construction and Formulae for Specific Conditions

Objectives

Constructing Ear Prescriptions

Prescriptions for Specific Conditions

Prescriptions from China

Case Histories

References

Bibliography

Clinical Research and Effective Points: Research Summary 1974 to 2001

Objective

Introduction

Weight Reduction

Drug Withdrawal

Pain Control and Burn Trauma

Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Polio

Mental Health

Gastric Disorders, Cholelithiasis

Gynecological Problems

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ear, Nose, and Throat

Coronary Artery Disease

Urinary Calculus

Skin and Immunity

Myopia

References

Bibliography

Clinical Research and Effective Points, and New Formulae for Medical Conditions: Research Summary from 2001 to 2014

Objectives

Introduction

Drug Addiction

Athletes

Analgesic Function

Cancer

Congenital Nystagmus and Ocular Myasthenia

Diabetes

Epileptic Seizures

Hip Pain

Insomnia

Knee Surgery

Low Back Pain

Menopause

Obesity

Postoperative Agitation in Elderly Patients

Posttraumatic Stress

Pregnancy

Spinal Cord Injuries

Vomiting and Nausea

References

Bibliography

Multiple Uses of Auricular Points

Objectives

Introduction

Point Energetics

Supplemental Points

Techniques

Prescriptionology Practice, Clinical Exercises, and Case Histories

Objectives

Introduction

Case

Case

Clinical Exercise

Case

Clinical Exercise

Clinical Exercise

Prescriptionology Answers

Common Ear Questions

Objective

Ethical Issues in Auricular Acupuncture

Objectives

Introduction

Codes of Ethics

New Trends in Auricular Studies and Medical/Research Ethics

Placebo or Sham Acupuncture

Codes of Ethics to Study

Exercises

References

Conclusion

Appendix A: Definition of Terms

Appendix B: Suppliers

Appendix C: Pain Differentiation Chart

Appendix D: Forms

About the Author

Skya Abbate, MA, D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., M.P.S., teaches needle technique, diagnosis, and Japanese acupuncture systems at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following pre-med studies at the University of Rhode Island she graduated from the acupuncture program of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She then undertook two advanced clinical training programs with the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. Dr. Abbate is a licensed doctor of oriental medicine in the state of New Mexico and executive director of Southwest Acupuncture College. She is also a former president of the New Mexico Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Abbate is the author of 14 books and more than 36 journal articles.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEA036000
HEALTH & FITNESS / Pain Management
MED004000
MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
MED073000
MEDICAL / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation