The Biology of Acupuncture

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9780875275345: The Biology of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the most widely used methods of alternative medicine. Despite great advances in scientific knowledge, however, it is still performed as a mystical ritual explained in pre-scientific terms of hypothesized meridians, Qi, Yin/Yang and pulse diagnosis. The Biology of Acupuncture provides a scientifically supported explanation of the basic biological mechanisms and processes underlying the practice of traditional Chinese acupuncture. It is also a teaching manual by which an evidence-based, no-needle, no-drug method of treatment can be easily learned in a very short time. There is no longer any need for hours of studying ancient Chinese metaphysical theories and complex rituals.

Modern Chinese scientists working at Beijing Medical University have broken through the veil of mystery surrounding traditional Chinese acupuncture. This book reviews their thirty years of stringent neurophysiological and neurochemical research through which they discovered the real meaning of such hypothetical constructs as Qi, body energy and meridians. It also discusses the effect of electrical stimulation on specific neuropeptides in the central nervous system. Here presented for the first time is a treatment method with the benefits of acupuncture in a form compatible with the teachings of Western medicine. It is a simple but highly effective no-drug method for treating patients with pain, psychiatric problems and other chronic illnesses.

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About the Author:

George A. Ulett is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. He received his B.A. degree in Psychology from Stanford University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and his M.D. from the University of Oregon Medical School. He had residencies in neurology at Harvard and psychiatry at Washington University. He is boarded in Psychiatry and certified in Electroencephalography. He has held professorships at Washington University and St. Louis University Schools of Medicine and was Professor and Chairman of the University of Missouri Medical School's Department of Psychiatry at the Missouri Institute of Psychiatry in St. Louis. He is the author of 270 scientific articles and books.

Dr. Ulett learned Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in the Orient in the 1960's before it was introduced into the United States. Unable to accept "magical" explanations for illness and its treatment in terms of Qi, meridians, five-element theory and pulse diagnosis he sought scientific answers. He received the first NIH grant to study acupuncture in 1972 and found that electricity doubled the effectiveness of needle acupuncture. Trips to China led to his acquaintance with Professor Ji-Sheng Han of Beijing Medical University. From Dr. Han he learned a scientific technique that did not use needles and made metaphysical explanations obsolete. For twenty years Dr. Ulett practiced the scientific acupuncture method described in this book. He used this successfully for the treatment of chronic pain, psychiatric conditions and other illnesses.

Songping Han, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He graduated from Beijing Medical College with a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and finished residency training at Beijing Neurosurgical Institute in Beijing, China. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences, St. Louis University School of Medicine and received post-doctoral training in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a Senior Research Investigator at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute at Bristol-Meyer Squibb. He has a continuing interest in and lectures at medical schools on the mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia and clinical management of pain with acupuncture and other complementary methods. Since 1997 he has been a member of the NIH study session for the Office of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Review:

"Stimulating presentation of an important evidence-based contribution to the knowledge and practice of acupuncture." -- Newsletter of the Society of Biophysical Medicine, Winter 2001

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