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Posted May 2013
A long Road: an acupuncture travelogue
A long road volume 2
A Long Road: An Acupuncture Travelogue Vol 1 & 2

Edward Obaidey

The best way to learn the art of Oriental Medicine is by direct transmission in the clinic - seeing, feeling, sensing, and being part of the treatment process - through a relationship with someone familiar with the road you are on.

A Long Road: An Acupuncture Travelogue provides snapshots of steps along the road by the author in his development over many years as a busy practitioner. The real sense of living, dynamic treatment is conveyed through the author’s obvious dedication and delight in pursuing and transmitting understanding of this art.

The more so by the inclusion of conversation transcripts between the author and his students through which the reader is offered the chance to benefit from a sense of the sensei/ deshi (student/ teacher) relationship. In-depth articles cover specific conditions, treatment concepts, diagnostic nuance, case histories and discussion on point meaning and use. The classical texts are explored with translation & commentary and brought to vibrant clinical relevance to the extent that the text could almost be viewed as a clinical work-book. To be consulted, for inspiration and guidance – and to be sweated over in study – but mostly (and importantly) in clinical practice.

This text is recommended for practitioners of all ‘styles’ or ‘methods’as a path away from the unfortunate tendency to intellectualize oriental medicine and thus trap it in the classroom or lecture theatre. The reader is offered a bridge between classical theory/ training, and the vibrant reality of the clinical practice of acupuncture, moxabustion and traditional massage.

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Posted May 2013
Acupuncture: from symbol to clinical practice
Acupuncture: From Symbol to Clinical Practice

Every practitioner of acupuncture is confronted with the same
problem: how do I choose points to treat a particular patient at a particular time? For the complex conditions most often seen in Western clinics, rote prescriptions are rarely effective.

Through his decades-long experience as a practitioner, Dr Jean-Marc Kespi has returned to the ancient roots of acupuncture and developed an approach to choosing the best points for a given situation. Dr Kespi s engagement with Chinese medicine led him to understand that traditional symbols, reflected in the names of points and descriptions of physiological processes, act as intermediaries between the formal rules of medicine and their manifestations in the human body. Thus his approach proceeds from symbol to a specific diagnosis and therapeutic action, and onto the insertion of a needle in a precise point on the body. In this manner he shows the practitioner how to see beyond the symptoms and address the whole person, thereby providing more effective treatments.

With keen insight into the meanings of individual points, Dr Kespi typically uses only one-three needles to treat the disequilibrium found at the root level.

In addition to laying out his ideas on the foundations of acupuncture, Dr Kespi shares his wide experience in this book through over one-hundred case histories, which give the reader the opportunity to see how this approach actually works in the clinic.

This is the work of a seasoned practitioner and teacher writing in his mature years, confident in his knowledge and the accuracy of his approach. … [Dr. Kespi] honors his fundamental principle throughout: to respond to the body s needs without preconception or anticipation, searching rationally and intuitively for the best points at the moment of each treatment session. --Joseph Helms, M.D


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Posted April 2013
Characters of Wisdom
Characters of Wisdom

We are delighted to announce that the new revised edition of 'Characters of Wisdom' by Debra Kaatz, has arrived!

Over 4000 years ago the great Chinese Emperors knew that life was regulated by energy meridians running through the body. Along each of the energy channels were special points that could be stimulated to bring life into balance and harmony. Each of the points was given a very particular name that told a story about how the energy flowed and how it could be used to bring harmony to our lives. Acupuncturists stimulate these points in various ways to bring energy back into balance.

This book is about the Taoist tales of the Chinese characters for 361 of these acupuncture points. It is an introduction to the beauty of this ancient form of healing medicine and will delight practitioners, students and anyone interested in Chinese characters and the healing spirits of each of these special points.

The 2nd edition has two new chapters on five element acupuncture, has been completely re-edited and includes more information on all the points.

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Posted December 2012
The Moon Over Matsushima: Insights into Moxa and Mugwort
The Moon Over Matsushima: Insights into Moxa and Mugwort

The "Moon Over Matsushima" sets out on a beautiful journey of exploration, one with unexpected twists and turns. This title adds up to much more than a standard, run-of-the-mill acu-moxa text, instead its unusual approach subtley stitches together motifs which take it outside the conventions of most books in this genre.

"This is a unique book. A breathtaking vista of information and perspectives."
Stephen Birch. The book itself shifts systematically through five parts, the title of each reflecting parts of the mugwort plant itself.

  • "The Roots" speculatively deliberates on the history of the treatment, at times a little playfully, but always with respect.
  • "The Stalk" explores the nature and biochemistry of mugwort.
  • "The Branch" reviews various traditional approaches as well as offering some slightly novel takes on them.
  • "The Stem" takes an often hard-nosed and analytical look at the therapy’s possible mechanisms particularly in the light on its well accepted effect on immune response.
  • "The Leaves" completes the main text by reviewing the therapy in light of how it might be adapted for best use today.

An invaluable appendix contains over thirty pages of treatment options for a wide range of disorders.

"What are the secrets of mugwort and moxibustion? This book will be your guide" - Lorraine Wilcox.

"If you are interested in moxa you will find the Moon over Matsushima a fascinating read and understand moxa in a new light" - Charles Chace

This is a wonderful reference for the Practitioner who regularly treats with moxa but so too is it an inspirational and inviting text to those less familiar with how best to incorporate moxibustion as a therapy in treatments.


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Posted November 2012
Holistic Microneedling: A Natural Approach to Skin Needling
Holistic Microneedling: A Natural Approach to Skin Needling

November has seen the release of the new book ‘Holistic Microneedling: A Natural Approach to Skin Needling’ by Anthony Kingston. The book provides a detailed account of how to perform micro needling also called skin needling or derma rolling in a holistic and less invasive way. Micro needling has been a buzzword in the cosmetic industry for many years now. The treatment’s ability to induce large amounts of the body’s own collagen while dramatically increasing transdermal absorption has made it a mainstay in high end cosmetic clinics across the world.
In this ground breaking book Anthony Kingston explains how by applying a holistic approach to micro needling we can overcome several of the issues that can limit patient compliance and achieve better results.

Applying micro needling in a holistic way allows therapists to achieve painless micro needling treatments, reduce side-effects and create bespoke treatments.
This book focuses on the techniques that can be applied to micro needling and how best to perform them. It provides a detailed account of how to perform the techniques for a variety of conditions and analyses different products that can be applied in different situations. In addition, a thorough study of the history and science behind micro needling is provided and demonstrated through 37 colour photos and diagrams.

The demand for quality holistic beauty treatments is growing rapidly as more and more people demand way to slow the visible signs of aging in a natural healthy way. Micro needling is uniquely placed to meet this demand as it works with the body’s own resources rather than relying on introduced substances or electrical appliances.

Anthony is an ideal candidate to write this book. He began studying skin needling in the form of acupuncture in Australia before continuing to study a wide variety of cosmetic skin needling techniques throughout Asia and the west. Together with his wife he founded the first specialist cosmetic skin needling clinic in the southern hemisphere. He has demonstrated some of these innovative techniques on national television across Australia and now lives and teaches in the UK.

This book is perfect for those who wish to add a scientifically proven holistic treatment to their clinic or for those who already practice micro needling, but want to better understand how the process works and how they can better apply what they have learnt.

The book is available through White Lotus Anti Aging  as either a soft cover book or an ebook.

Notes to editor
Contact Kamila Kingston 0845 600 6557 of

Holistic Microneedling retails for $59.95 or $29.95 for the ebook.

Posted October 2012
A Manual of Acupuncture
A Manual of Acupuncture


New edition incorporates thumb indentations for the 14 main channels plus extra points and a dust jacket.

Since its publication in 1998 this comprehensive text has rapidly become the standard acupuncture point book for students and practitioners throughout the English-speaking world. Detailed exposition of the names, locations, indications and actions of every point, it is characterised by hundreds of beautiful and anatomically exacting illustrations (one for every point), lengthy commentaries on the points, numerous point combinations drawn from classical texts and comprehensive indexes.


  • Introductory chapters on the channels & collaterals, point categories, point selection methods, point location & needling
  • Illustrations & text descriptions of all primary, extraordinary, divergent, luo-connecting & sinew channels
  • The points of the fourteen channels & the extra points with their English name, Chinese name & Chinese character
  • The most exacting & accurate anatomical point locations yet published in any English text with practical point location notes to assist in easy location
  • 500 illustrations, with a single dedicated illustration for every point
  • Point actions to aid the understanding & memorisation of each point’s principal qualities
  • Extensive lists of point indications taken from numerous classical & modern source texts & grouped for ease of reference
  • Substantial commentaries explaining in detail the principal historical & modern applications of the point, & drawing on classical & modern texts & the extensive clinical experience of the authors
  • Numerous classical prescriptions showing how the points have been used & combined through nearly two millennia of practice

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Posted July 2012
Illustarted Chinese Moxibustion Techniques
Illustarted Chinese Moxibustion Techniques

CHINA BOOKS is proud to present 'Illustrated Chinese Moxibustion: Techniques and Methods', the newest title from publisher Singing Dragon.

This authoritative text details the theory, techniques and clinical applications of moxibustion in contemporary practice. The authors provide an overview of the theoretical basis of moxibustion therapy and the commonly used acupuncture points, as well as the techniques and methods of applying moxa.. Accompanying this is a series of illustrated guides to aid in the explanation of moxibustion techniques.

The key feature of this text is the range and level of detail provided in using moxibustion therapy to treat a whole variety of conditions. Over 120 common and not-so-common conditions are detailed with prescribed treatment strategies, accompanied by illustrations. Topic areas include: 

  • Internal medicine;
  • Musco-skeletal; Paediatrics; Gynaecology; Dermatology;
  • Ear, nose & throat;
  • Acute & External conditions.

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Posted July 2012
Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine

By Hamid Montakab

Use acupuncture to effectively treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Insomnia and related sleep disorders concern 30-40% of the adult population and even up to 25% of children, affecting alertness and memory, causing emotional and physical fatigue, and putting the individual at increased risk for depression, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other health hazards.

Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine presents a highly effective treatment for chronic and acute sleeplessness using therapeutic strategies from both, TCM as well as Classical Chinese Medicine. SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Provides full background on the physiology, causes, and treatment of sleep disorders, drawing key parallels between concepts of Western and Chinese Medicine
  • Classifies all acupuncture points that affect sleep to help in choosing the most appropriate treatment for your patient
  • Offers a detailed analysis of sleep in Chinese Medicine to give you a full understanding of the energetics of sleep and wakefulness
  • Analyzes the significance of dreams in Chinese Medicine and how dreams can be skillfully integrated into a patient's therapy

Written from the unique perspective of a physician who is also trained in TCM and classical acupuncture, the book presents numerous case examples, and an up-to-date review of scientific studies on Chinese medicine and sleep. It is an essential reference for all acupuncture practitioners who provide optimal treatment to patients with insomnia, sleep disorders, and other sleep pathologies.

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Posted July 2012
The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion

At the heart of Chinese medicine lie the historical classics, each building on the work of its predecessors. One of the most important is 'The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion', in which the Ming dynasty scholar Yang Jizhou set out to summarize all extant knowledge of the subject up to that time.

The work is now available in an English rendition by Sabine Wilms, Yu Lu and Lorraine Wilcox. With clear translations, copious footnotes and detailed indexes, this ten-volume series of The Great Compendium serves as a vital tool for any clinician of Chinese medicine.

CHINA BOOKS are pleased to be able to provide you with the following recently published volumes:

Volume I, translated by Sabine Wilms, Ph.D, offers a selection of quotations related to acupuncture and moxibustion from the Han period classics Huang Di Nei Jing (Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor) and Nan Jing (Classic of Difficult Issues), with some explanations added by Yang Jizhou. In this first volume, Yang Jizhou lays out the fundamental theories of classical Chinese medicine that he expands on and enriches with his personal clinical experience in the subsequent volumes. (Student/Practitioner price $67.95)

Volume V, translated by Lorraine Wilcox, Ph.D, L.Ac., covers the details of using various point categories, for example, the five shu points, yuan and luo points, and the confluence points of the eight extraordinary vessels. Yang Jizhou gives special attention to the Jing Well points, host/guest protocols, and treating disease using the twelve main channels and the eight extraordinary vessels. There is also an exhaustive look at the use of the Stems and Branches and theChinese calendar for selection of these points. This Volume of the Great Compendium was geared to advise practitioners (from a Ming Dynasty perspective) on how to use the Stems and Branches in their practice, and also for the scholar who wants to understand the complicated subject of Zi Wu Liu Zhu and Ling Gui Ba Fa. Wilcox does a masterful job of bringing these complex subjects to the reader. Included in this book are 67 diagrams, tables and illustrations that intimately explain how the use of the Stems and Branches and the Chinese calendar. (Student/Practitioner price $45)

Volume VIII, JUST PUBLISHED translated by Yue Lu, Ph.D, L.Ac., Dip. Ac., is based on the Shen Ying Jing and covers the different categories of disease by channel, looking at the categories of disease by body area. This text is an extensive guide for the clinician on how to treat a wide variety of syndromes with specific acupuncture and moxibustion points and techniques. (Student/Practitioner price $55.20)

Volume IX, JUST PUBLISHED translated by Lorraine Wilcox, Ph.D, L.Ac., is broken into four parts: The first part covers 151 different patterns and how to treat them with acupuncture and moxibustion, the second part covers miscellaneous subjects such as: Li Dongyuan's Method of Acupuncture, The Treatment Methods of Fus Physicians describing: Sores with Toxins, Throat Impediment, Dribbling Blockage, the Eyes, Injury, The Supreme Unity Spirit Talisman, and Sun Simiao's Song of Needling the Thirteen Ghost Points. In the third part of the text Yang writes extensively about moxibustion methods, and treatment strategies such as: Clever Essentials for Moxibustion, The Four Flowers Method of Master Cui, Method for Applying Treatment to Gao Huang (UB 43), Riding the Bamboo Horse Moxibustion Point Method, Moxibustion on the Taxation Point, Applying Treatment to Shen Shu (UB 23), Moxibustion Method for the Small Intestine Shàn Qì Points, etc. In the the fourth part of the text Yang presents 31 case studies where he used acupuncture, moxibustion, and occasionally herbal formulas to treat the patients. This section serves not just to discuss Yang's successes but is also a venue to talk about the deeper meaning of some of his treatment strategies. (Student/Practitioner price $55.20)

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Posted July 2012
Chinese Scalp Acupuncture
Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

By Jason Ji-Shun Hao & Linda Ling-Zhi Hao.

The authors, who have a combined 50 plus years of experience using Chinese scalp acupuncture, have given us a true gift. This book is for the Acupuncturist who wishes to treat the most challenging health conditions with more confidence and higher rates of success.

This is a thorough clinical manual and reference . You will learn to help patients who suffer from seriously debilitating conditions such as; the sequelae of stroke, phantom limb pain, PTSD, Meniere's Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Herpes Zoster, seizures, essential tremor, and Parkinson's Disease. Features of this book include:

  • An introduction to the neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology of the brain and scalp for non-Western medical practitioners
  • Chinese medical theories supporting the use of scalp acupuncture
  • Thorough explanations of area locations and details of needle technique specific to scalp acupuncture
  • Excellent colour illustrations
  • Detailed and easy to read descriptions of treatments for over 40 conditions of the central nervous system
  • Specific advice on how to work with different types of patients, what types of outcomes to expect, and how many treatments patients with different conditions will need

If you have ever wished you could do more to help a patient with a serious condition that Western medicine had given up on, you need this book. 255 pages.

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Posted July 2012
Lectures on Tung's Acupuncture
Lectures on Tung's Acupuncture
  1. Lectures on Tung's Acupuncture: Points Study
  2. Lectures on Tung's Acupuncture: Therapeutic System

This book provides the location, application, and mechanisms of Master Tung’s points. It is a revsion of the book Tung’s Acupuncture, published in 2005; its content is deeper, richer, and more practical.

The book covers point locations, needling techniques, and treatments in detail, as well as comprehensive theoretical principles of Master Tung’s acupuncture. For each point, there is a diagram illustrating the point’s anatomical location. This is believed to be the most practical book currently available on this system. It will help the reader to learn Master Tung’s points with ease and apply the principles in practice.

The book focuses on the therapeutic system of Tung's Acupuncture.
Disorders covered in this book include therapeutic point selections and the analysis of reasoning and theoretical principles.

The point selections are described according to the 14 meridians and explained in accordance with classical acupuncture and Master Young's personal clinical experience. Master Young also compares the therapeutic effect between the applications of the 14-meridians and Tung's acupuncture.

All subjects are covered in depth and are clinically practical in scope. Thus it is not only a book on Tung's therapeutic system, but also a practical book on therapeutics in the 14 meridians, allowing readers to choose either the 14 meridians or Tung's acupuncture or a combination of both to treat clinical disease presentations.

Important theoretical principles such as Zang Fu Bei Tung (The extraordinary connections of the zangfu), Ti Ying Zhen Fa (Application of Holographic Acupuncture Technique for Different Parts of the Body), Taiji Holography and Correspondence, and the Method of Selecting Five Shu Points of the Same Five-Element Category have their own chapters to elaborate their theoretical principles and applications in details.

Those chapters help the readers comprehend the advanced theories of Tung's extraordinary points so as to successfully incorporate Tung's acupuncture into their clinical practice.

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Posted July 2012
Close to the Bone
Close to the Bone: The Treatment of Musculo-Skeletal Disorder with Acupuncture & Other Traditional Chinese Medicine

By David Legge

This is the third edition of this popular text that covers the acupuncture treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.

Its aim is to enable the acupuncture practitioner to diagnose musculoskeletal disorders from both a Chinese medicine and anatomical perspective and to combine these insights into an effective treatment.

This new edition contains a substantial amount of new material, and increased emphasis on diagnosis and updated treatment recommendations.

The general outlay of this title includes 3 main sections 1. The Chinese Medicine Framework; 2. The Pathoanatomical Framework; and 3. A Regional Survey.

About the Author:

David Legge has been practicing as an osteopath and acupuncturist for more than thirty years, specializing in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal disorders. David completed his post-graduate acupuncture training at the College of TCM in Nanjing, China in 1982. Well known for his dramatic needling techniques and clear presentation of diagnostic methods, Dr. Legge has lectured before groups of acupuncturists, osteopaths, chiropractors and MDs in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

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