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Chinese Auricular Acupuncture




ISBN 9781466579460
Published April 23, 2015 by Routledge
334 Pages 16 Color & 61 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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.

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

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Author(s)

Biography

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.

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

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