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An outstanding book compared to its counterparts on acupuncture
By Dr. Xuemin Shi

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I first met Prof. Guan-Yuan Jin at the International Congress on Traditional Medicine held in Beijing, 2002. That morning, I chaired the Acupuncture Research Section where Prof. Jin delivered a speech titled “Acupuncture: A Perspective of Reflexology”. His presentation evoked tremendous feedback and resonance. Many attendees immediately echoed their own personal experiences and comments that were mostly in agreement with Prof. Jin. His speech time limit had to be prolonged for almost a half-hour, which is indeed rare in these types of international symposiums.

            Two years ago, when Prof. Jin and his collaborators began writing this book, they sent me its outline for preview and invited me to write a foreword. While reading it, I sensed bubbling innovations throughout the book and was impressed that its theme was vastly different from most acupuncture books in the market, so I was gladly obliged. Several months ago, I received a voluminous computer printout of the manuscript of the book. It contained about 80 carefully designed charts about acupuncture mechanisms, as well as more than 700 latest references. Although I did not get to read it in detail at the time, the authors’ professional and scientific attitudes along with their dedications have already brimmed beyond the covers of the book, leaving me with a deep impression.    

            After reading the manuscript carefully, I can say the book (Contemporary Medical Acupuncture - A Systems Approach) is truly going to be an outstanding book compared to its counterparts on acupuncture. It has abundant contents and data, a distinctive theme, innovative theories, and simple but in-depth analyses. This book systemizes, summarizes, and develops the acupuncture therapy and its theoretical basis, the meridian theory from the perspective of holistic reflexology, making a great milestone toward modernizing the ancient medical acupuncture. Today, as the “Acupuncture fever” continues to prevail worldwide, increasingly Western doctors are aspiring to learn and integrate acupuncture into the mainstream of contemporary medicine. The publication of this book will definitely provide them with an excellent reference expressed in terms of contemporary medicine that helps them understand and apply this therapy more easily. Moreover, realizing the standardization of acupuncture therapy is an essential component of propagating medical acupuncture internationally and making its prospective progress. The acupuncturists at our hospital have made many pioneering contributions in this aspect. With the same motivation, the authors of this book have made a penetrating analysis about how to control the randomness of the acupuncture therapy and enhance its effectiveness and reproducibility. In addition, it proposes a series of clinically available means and study cues, which has substantial reference value for all acupuncturists and clinical researchers alike.   

In short, this book is a must-read for all acupuncturists, clinical researchers, and students of TCM. Not only does it systematically summarize and clarify the main international achievements of clinical acupuncture and laboratory research in the modern era, but also applies its theories based on practices that can direct acupuncture treatments and scientific studies. It is extremely helpful in the stimulation of new ideas to develop this therapy and to thoroughly integrate individual clinical experiences with different experimental results.

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In this book, most theories and principles proposed by the authors are creative and convincing.
By Feng LING, MD
The “Whole Body Reflex Zones”, a unique term originally coined by the authors.
By Frances Talaska Fischbach, RN, BSN, MSN
An outstanding book compared to its counterparts on acupuncture
By Dr. Xuemin Shi
A Historical Milestone in Evidence-based Acupuncture Medicine
By Yun-tao Ma, PhD
This book will significantly advance the clinical practice of acupuncture
By Shi-Jiang LI, PhD
The birth of the book fully reflects Dr. Guan-Yuan Jin’s unique background, working expertise, and ways of thinking
By Kuishan ZHENG, OMD
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture – A Systems Approach is a breakthrough
By ZHAO, Shensheng, PhD