Celestial lancets : a history and rationale of acupuncture and moxa / Lu Gwei-djen and Joseph Needham ; with a new introduction by Vivienne Lo.

Published
  • London : Routledge 2002
Physical description
li, 427 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
  • 9780700714582
  • 0700714588
Notes
  • Originally published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Introduction / Vivienne Lo -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The ching-lo system and its classical theory -- i. The circulation of chi and blood -- ii. The tracts (ching), regular and auxiliary -- iii. The acu-points (hsueh), ordinary and special -- 3. Historical growth of the system -- i. Origin and nature of the instruments -- ii. The oldest references -- iii. China's Hippocratic Corpus -- iv. Developments in the Han and San Kuo periods -- v. Specialist writings and treatises, from Chin to Sung -- vi. Circadian rhythms and cosmic cycles -- vii. Last phases of the tradition -- 4. Moxibustion -- 5. Therapy and analgesia; physiological interpretations -- i. The therapeutic range -- ii. Head Zones, dermatomes and referred pain -- iii. Corticosteroids and antibodies -- iv. Acupuncture and major surgery -- v. The neuro-physiology of acupuncture analgesia -- vi. Efferent inhibition -- vii. Afferent inhibition -- viii. Neuro-chemical factors -- 6. Influences on other cultures -- i. Asian receptions -- ii. Europe and the West -- iii. The nineteenth century and after -- 7. The lore of vital spots -- 8. Conclusions -- A. Chinese and Japanese books before + 1800 -- B. Chinese and Japanese books and journal articles since + 1800 -- C. Books and journal articles in Western languages -- Table of Chinese Dynasties.
Other names
Genre
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
Language
  • English

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