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Advanced Acupuncture, A Clinic Manual - PRINT ON DEMAND TITLE

Advanced Acupuncture, A Clinic Manual - PRINT ON DEMAND TITLE


The first book of its kind, written by a senior student of Jeffrey Yuen, the Advanced Acupuncture Clinic Manual contains detailed protocols for the application of the Complement Channels of acupuncture: the Sinew, Luo, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary Vessels. The book includes over one hundred drawings, diagrams, theory of the Complement Channels, guides for diagnosis, needling techniques, and much more.

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JCM Review

This 400-page book covers diagnosis and treatment of the sinew, luo, divergent and eight extraordinary channels. It provides clear illustrations of the trajectories of both these secondary as well as the primary channels. The book is laid out well and easy to understand, with a useful and practical structure. The frequently asked questions at the end of each chapter clarify much of the confusion that is inevitable with Chinese medicine.

Ann Cecil–Sterman is a senior student of Jeffrey Yuen and has compiled these teachings on the secondary channels over years of study. Yuen is a scholar of the classics of Chinese medicine and a Daoist priest, and one of the driving forces of the resurgence of classical Chinese medicine. His views include historical and religious understandings, which enable him to open up and explain the classics with simplicity and depth. Yuen comes from an oral lineage, so has not written any books. There are only recordings of his lectures or transcripts for those who wish to study more of this information. The secondary vessels are a fundamental aspect of the classical approach to acupuncture, and this book constitutes a valuable resource and reference guide for seasoned students to fill in missing information, as well as a great introduction for those new to the subject. It is my hope that this is the first of many books inspired by the teachings of Jeffrey Yuen.

In my conversations with practitioners who have come into contact with Yuen's teachings, the main criticism seems to be that he does not give protocols and that his approach does not fit easily with a modern TCM understanding. Although this book will not necessarily fit a TCM approach to acupuncture, it does provide detailed protocols for treating each of the secondary channels. For those who have come up against limitations in their TCM practice and would like to expand their knowledge, it is well worth the price.

Each of the secondary channels can be used individually to treat any health condition, and in the past students would master their use by learning to treat all patients with just one type of channel. For example, for six months every patient would be treated with just the sinew channels. Then for the next six months they would treat all patients with the luo channels. This would continue until all secondary channels were mastered.

The use of the sinew channels is described: for acute conditions, external pathogenic factors, seasonal or allergic conditions, chronic pain and injuries. The clear description is backed up by good illustrations, and includes a valuable basic treatment protocol. Even better, the text explains why sometimes treatment does not work, and what to do when this happens. Understanding the sinew channels is invaluable for deepening one's understanding of tuina and other manual manipulation techniques. The advantage the sinew channels have over the primary channels is that they are safe, and sinew channel treatments have little risk of driving pathogenic factors deeper into the body though improper treatment.

The book also beautifully illuminates the relationship of the sinew channels to the six divisions. The book gives valuable insight into the treatment of mental-emotional conditions through the luo channels. It also describes in detail the psychosocial model that is the basis of Chinese medicine psychotherapy. The pathways of the luo channels are described and illustrated. The longitudinal and transverse luo channels are also described with their associated diagnostic and treatment strategies. Also provided are simple protocols for using the luo channels, such as in the treatment of counterflow qi. Because luo channels are traditionally treated using bloodletting, the author includes essential oils for those uncomfortable with such treatment.

The divergent channels are the least known of the secondary channels, and yet offer the biggest rewards for treating patients. With the epidemic of chronic degenerative disease, divergent meridians can be used to draw pathology away from the organs and move them into the joints, from where it can be eliminated from the body. This chapter offers powerful treatments for long-term conditions that have proved stubborn to other forms of treatment.

The section on the eight extraordinary vessels is useful. Various books have been written about these vessels, so if you are just looking to buy the book for information on these vessels, you might find a cheaper and more specialised book.

Interestingly some information on the primary channels is provided as an appendix and there is a lot of good advice in the introduction. This includes how needling techniques evolved from tuina techniques and a detailed description of the body's ways of creating latency, amongst other gems of knowledge. This is an invaluable text for anybody interested in advancing their knowledge and practice of acupuncture.

Tim Sullivan


AuthorAnn Cecil-Sterman Ms, LAc
Publication Date01/02/2014
PublisherAnn Cecil-Sterman
Number Of Pages466

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