This book describes the physiological effects of acupuncture, which can be used to enhance traditional Chinese practice. Following a history of the development of traditional Chinese medicine, the first section covers the scientific basis and mechanism of acupuncture, particularily in relation to the cardiovascular system. The second section is devoted to clinical case studies, illustrating that scientific knowledge can be integrated with traditional concepts in Chinese medicine to provide effective treatments.
This is an informative and provocative text that describes the current status of knowledge and challenges scientists to better define acupuncture therapy. It is a useful reference guide for advanced students and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, as well as scientists conducting physiological and pharmacological research on acupuncture.
Part 1. The Mechanism of Acupuncture Therapy 1. The History and Development of Chinese Medicine 2. The Concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine 3. The Anatomical and Physiological Rule of Acupoints 4. The Analgesic Effects of Acupuncture 5. The Depressor Effect of Acupuncture on Hypertension 6. The Pressor and Anti-Shock Effects of Acupuncture on Hypotension 7. The Inhibitory Effect of Acupuncture on Arrhythmia 8. The Inhibitory Effect of Acupuncture on Myocardial Ichaemia 9. The Mechansms of Acupuncture Therapy on Other Diseases 10. The Effects of Acupuncture on the Defence Reaction, Baro- and Chemo-Receptor Reflexes 11. The Role of Rostral Ventrolateral Medullary Neurons in the Promotion of Feedback Mechanism by Acupuncture 12. Factors Influencing the Effects of Acupuncture 13. Summary Part 2. Clinical Case Studies Introduction Clinical Case Studies