Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text


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By Dan Bensky & John OConnor
Hardcover book
ISBN 9780939616008
741 pages

Compiled by the faculty of one of China’s leading schools of traditional medicine, Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text is among the most authoritative textbooks and reference sources in its field. Since its translation into English in 1981, it has become a standard text used throughout the world.

Included are descriptions of more than a thousand acupuncture points, hundreds of prescriptions (both ancient and modern) for the treatment of numerous diseases, and detailed discussion of a variety of acupuncture techniques and modalities ranging from ear, head, hand and foot acupuncture to moxibustion, cupping and surgical techniques.

There are chapters devoted to modern research concerning acupuncture phenomena, and others which critically analyze ancient theory and methodology. The editors have also provided a lengthy introduction to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, a select bibliography of current research published in English, and extensive indices.


  • Channels: Traditional physiology and pathology of the primary, miscellaneous, divergent, connecting and muscle channels
  • Points: Location and therapeutic properties of more than 1000 acupuncture points
  • Techniques: Dozens of acupuncture and related techniques including ear, hand, head and foot
  • Therapy: Multiple prescriptions, both ancient and modern, for the treatment of over 100 disorders

The introduction to this work covers each of the main elements of diagnosis and treatment. The main body of text is a modern point reference developed by the Shanghai College of TCM. The work is organized by body area. This book was the first English language point reference for TCM acupuncture, a text that made it possible for the field to develop. It is one of the handful of English-language texts to have been given scholarly recognition.

About the Authors:

John O’Connor studied Chinese language and history at the University of Oregon (B.A., 1971), University of Illinois (M.A., 1977), Taiwan Normal University, and the University of Hong Kong. His collaboration with Dan Bensky on the translation and publication of Chinese medical books began during the course of their studies in Macau between 1973-75.

Dan Bensky is a graduate of the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine (Oriental Medicine Diploma, 1975), University of Michigan (B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, 1978), Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathy, 1982), and the University of Washington (M.A. in Classical Chinese, 1996). He is co-author of the companion volumes Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies. Dr. Bensky is in private medical practice in Seattle, and is a director of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine.

Praise for Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text:

“Unquestionably the single most useful book in English for the study of acupuncture.”

-Ted Kaptchuk, O.M.D., C.A.

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Weight 3.30 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 9 × 2 in


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