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Aug 09, 2000 | ISBN 9781101222058

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Table Of Contents


1. What Are Acupuncture and Acupressure, and How Do They Work?

What Are Acupuncture and Acupressure? Energy Channels: Go with the Flow. Acu-Points: Mini but Mighty. Finding Your Points-Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Anatomy: The Thigh Bone’s Connected to the… Finger Measurements: Let Your Fingers Do the Walking.

How Does It Work-The Key to the Qi.

Bioelectric Flow: What’s the Buzz All About? Biomagnetic Flow Pulls You to the Point.

Different Yet the Same.

Healthcare Versus Self-Care.

2. What to Expect on Your First Visit-Does It Hurt?

Looking: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.

Tongue Diagnosis: Open Wide and Say “Aaah!”

Your Pulse: Feel the Beat. Listening and Asking: The Hidden Arts. Smelling: Pass the Perfume. Physical Exam: Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Check Your Channels. Abdomen: The Bounty of the Belly.

Is This Safe?

Acupressure: Press Safely! Acupuncture: The Safer the Better.

Your Treatment: Relax and Enjoy.

The Power of Pleasing Pressure. Acupuncture: The Painless Truth.

3. The Origins of Oriental Medicine.

Acupuncture: The Ancient Art. Types of Acupressure: Choices, Choices, and More Choices.

Shiatsu. Reflexology: Foot Geology.

Types of Acupuncture: More Pointy Choices.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Five-Element Tradition: Wooden You Like to Know. Japanese Acupuncture.

It’s an Acu-World After All.

4. Acupressure-Fingers, Hands, and a Whole Lot More.

From Fingers to Feet-Using Your Body to Heal.

Fingers and Palms…Hold On! Feet: Please Tread on Me.

Pressure on the Point-How Hard Do You Push?

Three Types of Pressure.

Common Acupressure Techniques-Shake, Rattle, and Roll.

5. Acupuncture-Tools of the Trade.

Needles: When Size Does Matter.

Needle Knowledge.

Moxibustion-A Real Warm-Up.

Moxibustion: The Cherry on Top.

Cupping: Trying to Horn In.

Cupping Comments.

Massage and Exercise: Movin’, Movin’, Movin’.

Tui-Na: Push Me, Pull You. Medical Qi Gong-It’s a Bird, It’s a Crane, It’s You!

Magnets: What’s the Attraction? Nutrition: Heal with the Energy of Food.

The Healing Power of Food.

Herbal Medicine-Plants Plus.

6. How You Get Sick-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Yin and Yang-the Great Balancing Act. Qi and Blood: Building Blocks of Health. The Dreaded Excesses: Too Much, Too Fast.

The Bothersome Barometer.

The Directions of Disease: Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

The Eight Directions: Which Way Did He Go?


7. Pain from the Neck Up.

Headaches: Riot on the Rooftop!

Serious Sinus Relief. Pressure Points to Take the Ache Out.

Dental Pain: Page the Tooth Fairy.

Gentle Dental Acu-Points.

Neck Pain: Release the Weight of the World.

Stop the Neck Wreck.

Fibromyalgia: Tired of Being Sick and Tired. Render Tender Points Painless.

8. Keeping Pain at Arm’s Length.

Bursitis: The Cursa the Bursa.

Shoulder Bursitis: Play Ball (Again!). Move It or Lose It.

Tennis Elbow: The Gripes of the Grip.

Acupressure: The Match Points.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: The Mouse That Made You Roar.

Trouble in the Tunnel. The Terminator in the Tunnel: Acupuncture on the Scene. I’ll Be Back: Acupressure Stretch and Press.

Arthritis: Speakin’ of the Creakin’.

Causes of the Creakin’. Oriental Aids for Arthritis.

9. Pain Below the Belt.

Oh, My Aching Back. Sciatica: The Nerve of It.

Elbow Your Pain Out of the Way.

Knee Pain: What’s the Deal with Your Kneel? Capping Off Knee Pain. Plantar Fasciitis: A Step in the Right Direction.

Electro-Auricular: I Hear It’s All in the Ear.

10. Injuries-Taking the Ouch out of the Oops.

Motor Vehicle Accidents: Putting the Brakes on Pain. End the Backlash of Whiplash. Slips and Falls: Stop Pain from Falling Through the Cracks. Sports-No Guts, No Glory. Work: Beyond the Job Description.

Ergonomics-Getting the Right Position.

11. Nervous About Nerve Pain?

Bell’s Palsy: For a Winning Smile. Multiple Sclerosis: A Nervous Situation.

Lighten the Load of Your Legs with Acupuncture.

Shingles: Not Just on Your Roof. Stroke: A One-Sided Issue.

Stroke: Are You at Risk? The Oriental View.

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Facing Your Pain.

Help with Acupuncture.


12. Respiration-A Breath of Fresh Air.

Allergies: Aahh-Choo!

Put a Close to the Runny Nose. Acupressure: Keys to End the Sneeze.

Asthma: Ease the Wheeze.

Common Asthma Triggers. Take a Deep Breath with Acu-Points.

Bronchitis: Quit the Cough.

Points to Cut Off the Cough. Nutrients to Neutralize Mucus.

13. Colds-Nosing Around for Better Health.

Colds: Clearing a Common Condition.

Oriental Medicine Calms the Cold.

Cough: Expectorating to Feel Better.

Acu-Points: Breathe a Sign of Relief.

Nasal Congestion: Had Enough of the Stuff? Sinusitis: Inflammation in a Hidden Station.

Acu-Pros Clear Your Nose.

14. Childhood Conditions-Pass the Owner’s Manual.

Colic: The Bubble That Just Won’t Burst.

Back Off the Gas: Foods to Avoid. Colic Massage: Rub a Dub Dub.

Pediatric Asthma: Silence Is Golden.

Trigger Checklist. Oriental Medicine’s Answer to Asthma. Infant Massage for Asthma.

Diarrhea: Squirts for the Squirts.

Nutritional Support: Awful Dophilus and More. Add Just a Pinch: Pediatric Back Massage.

Ear Infections: The Fear Not to Hear.

Ending the Cycle of Ear Infections: Stopping the Drama.

Vomiting of Milk.

Determined Digestion: What Goes Down Can Stay Down.

15. Cancer-A Ray of Hope.

Cancer: The Conventional View.

Defining Your Cancer.

Acupuncture: Improving Your Quality of Life.

Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. Pain, Pain, Go Away. Boosting Your Immune System.

Healing Hands: Acupressure and Reflexology. Chinese Herbal Medicine.

16. Birthing Baby.

Female Infertility: The Obstruction to Reproduction.

Improving the Odds with Oriental Medicine. Acu-Points to Clear the Way.

Morning Sickness: Easy to Be Queasy.

Acu-Points to Bring Back Your Appetite.

Childbirth: The Joy of Giving.

Acu-Points to Help You Pop.

Bounce Back from Giving Birth.

Part with Postpartum Depression.

17. The Disappointment Down Under.

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).

Foods to Get You Back in the Saddle: The PMS Diet. Ready, Aim, Press These Points for PMS.

Painful Periods: Dissing Dysmenorrhea.

Oriental Medicine Helps the Flow Go.

Menopause: The Hormonal Hostage.

Press Acu-Points to Pause Your Menopause.


18. Female Frustrations.

Endometriosis: Oh, the Tangled Webs We Weave.

Endo Risks and Symptoms: Could This Be You? Edging Out Endo: Acu-Points Plus.

Ovarian Cysts and Uterine Fibroids: Double Trouble.

Acu-Points to Block the Bleeding.

Bladder Infections: Say Goodbye to UTI.

Risk Factors: Keeping an Eye on the UTI. Acu-Points: Concerning Your Burning.

19. Gastrointestinal Conditions-A Glitch in Your Gut.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Moving Experience.

Acu-Points for Bothersome Bowels.

Constipation: Ready, Set, No Go!

Acu-Pros Hasten to Relieve Constipation.

Diarrhea: Runs for Your Life!

Acu-Points to Slow the Flow.

Indigestion: It’s Easy to Be Queasy.

Tips to End Indigestion. Acu-Points: Get a Break from Your Stomachache.

20. Skin-The Purpose of the Surface.

Eczema: Ditch the Itch.

Oriental Medicine Makes the Connection.

Facelifts: An Uplifting Experience.


21. Stress-Notions and Emotions.

Stress: Burning the Candle at Both Ends.

The Stress Show: Your Price of Admission. Had Enough? Let Go of Stress.

Worry: Who, Me?

Acu-Pros Relieve the Worry Wart.

Depression: Leaving the Black Hole Behind.

Depression Checklist: Are You at Risk? Lifting Your Spirits with Acu-Points.

Anxiety: A New Dimension in Apprehension.

Anxiety Checklist. Hold Down Anxiety with Oriental Medicine.

22. Driving Your Qi: The Passing, Middle, or Breakdown Lane.

The Sobering Facts on Alcoholism. Acupuncture and Addiction.

HIV/AIDS: A Helping Hand for the Immune System.

Oriental Medicine Manages the Immune System.

Hypertension: The Pressure’s On.

Acu-Points to Let the Steam Out.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…or Just Plain Tired.

Chronic Fatigue Checklist. Acu-Points to Relieve the Fatigue.

23. Balancing Your Qi-Too Much Here, Not Enough There.

Insomnia: Cruisin’ for a Snoozin’.

Acu-Points to Soothe You to Sleep. Better Sleep Checklist.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon: When the Cold Gets Old.

Remedies for the Extremities: The Oriental Medical Viewpoint.

Tinnitus: The Ring You Can’t Answer.

Turn On Your Acu-Points, Shut Off the Ringer.

Weight Management: Motorize Your Metabolism.

Acu-Points for Better Digestion and Food Cravings.

The New Truth About Exercise.


24. Expectations-Am I Better Yet?

The Natural Healing Process. How Acu-Points Help.

Limitations: How Far Can You Go?

Time and Patience: Hard Medicine to Swallow. How to Tell If You’re Better: Did It Work?

25. Building a Winning Team.

Choosing Your Acu-Pro: A Needle in a Haystack. Informing Your Physician: What’s Up, Doc? Do You Need More Help? Getting the Support You Need: A Family Affair.

Support Groups Make a Difference.

26. And Then There Was You-Taking Charge.

Responsibility: A New Point of View. Lifestyle: It’s All in Your Hands.

Healthful Lifestyle Tips.

Fun and Laughter: Remember Us? Balance and Peace of Mind.


A. Glossary.

B. Further Reading.
C. Insurance Coverage.
D. State and National Organizations.
E. Acupuncture Schools.

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