Acupuncture Understood: Rediscovering Traditional Five Element Healthcare by Stuart Lightbody

Acupuncture Understood: Rediscovering Traditional Five Element Healthcare

byStuart Lightbody

Kobo ebook | August 1, 2014

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Very little has been written on acupuncture and the Oriental medical view of health for the lay person in recent years. Even less has been written on the training requirements which vary enormously. This unique book clarifies this situation. It introduces the reader to the key concepts of healthy living, wellbeing, longevity, and their own inner kingdom. It draws upon the wisdom inherent in ancient Chinese philosophy whose universal principles were laid down in the Nei Jing, the oldest extant medical book in the world, written around 221 BCE. It brings alive and makes relevant this ancient understanding of the human being and the concept of health maintenance in the 21st century and is presented in a clear, easy to read and interesting format. It involves the individual in looking at their own health and lifestyle and offers advice as to how these might be optimised for life in the modern world. This book covers the historical background of oriental medicine, gives details of the 5 Element and Yin/Yang theories and brings to light its remarkable transition from one side of the world to the other. It explains how diagnosis, the consultation process, acupuncture and moxabustion work and offers extensive advice on preventive health.


  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The Fundamentals of Chinese Philosophy and Medical Theory
  • Historical Background of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
  • Different Styles of Acupuncture
  • Emperors, The Forbidden City, Heaven Earth and Humankind
  • The Wood Element
  • The Fire Element
  • The Earth Element
  • The Metal Element
  • The Water Element
  • How Diagnosis Works
  • The Five Element Acupuncture Consultation
  • How Acupuncture Works
  • Preventive Medicine and Measures
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix: Overseas Acupuncture Organisations

Readership: This book will appeal to the general public interested in acupuncture or for those thinking of seeking acupuncture treatment; patients of existing practitioners; and colleges of natural medicine such as those teaching chiropractic, herbal medicine, nutrition, osteopathy, reflexology, shiatsu or massage which include acupuncture, particularly with a focus on the 5 Elements, as part of their syllabus.
Key Features:

  • Contains a powerful foreword written by Jonathan Cainer — an internationally well known journalist whose worldwide readership is between 2 to 3 million daily
  • Brings alive the ancient medical texts and makes them relevant, using numerous diagrams charts and tables, to the people of the 21st century
  • An accompanying questionnaire enables the reader to assess their own state of functioning and how to recognise the one most in need of attention. It explains in detail the process of diagnosis and what happens during a consultation session
  • Lists which conditions best respond to treatment based on thorough research outcomes
  • Finally, information is provided on how to find a qualified practitioner worldwide
Title:Acupuncture Understood: Rediscovering Traditional Five Element HealthcareFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 1, 2014Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9814583804

ISBN - 13:9789814583800

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