Is Acupuncture Right for You?: What It Is, Why It Works, and How It Can Help You

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Aug 13, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 184 pages
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A concise and easy-to-understand introduction to the principles, process, and benefits of acupuncture

• Explains the principles of traditional Chinese medicine that underlie acupuncture

• Describes the methods of diagnosis and treatment through numerous case histories

• Details how to find a good practitioner

Is Acupuncture Right for You? is regarded by many practitioners as the most concise and useful book to introduce prospective patients to the principles, processes, and benefits of acupuncture. One of the oldest healing therapies known, acupuncture has now become a popular and recognized alternative to Western medicine, particularly for the treatment of chronically painful conditions. While Western medicine manages conditions primarily with drugs and/or surgery, acupuncture focuses on treatment of the person as a whole by identifying and relieving energetic imbalances and blockages throughout the body. Addressing these disruptions in the energy flow, or vital force, of the body treats not only the physical symptoms but also the underlying cause of the ailments.

Ruth Lever Kidson explains the fundamental principles of traditional Chinese medicine that underlie acupuncture and how practitioners use this information to make their diagnoses and select treatment options. Using case histories of acupuncture patients, she shows what to expect from a consultation and treatment session and also offers advice on how to find a good practitioner. Anyone considering acupuncture for treatment of a health condition will find their questions answered and their concerns allayed by this invaluable book.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 A Short History of Acupuncture
5
Chapter 2 Fundamental Principles
27
Chapter 3 The Five Elements
59
Chapter 4 Causes of Disease
68
Chapter 5 Methods of Diagnosis
92
Chapter 6 Methods of Treatment
105
Patients and Case Histories
114
Chapter 8 Acupuncture and Modern Science
165
Chapter 9 Finding Out about Treatment
171
Resources
177
Index
179
Books of Related Interest
185
Backcover
186
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Ruth Lever Kidson qualified as a doctor from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London and has studied a wide range of complementary therapies and, at present, is retraining as a psychotherapist. She is the author of Hypnotherapy for Everyone and A Guide to Common Illnesses and lives in England with her husband, who is a homeopath.

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