Acupuncture Patterns & Practice


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By Jingyi Zhao & Xuemei Li
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9780939616787
205 pages

Acupuncture Patterns & Practice is a practical, clinically oriented exposition of traditional Chinese diagnosis and acupuncture therapy. The book consists of nine series of cases, each devoted to a type of disorder that is commonly seen in the acupuncture clinic: common cold, cough, dizziness, headache, lower back pain, painful obstruction (bi), wind-stroke, insomnia and palpitations.

In each of the 40 illustrative case histories the authors provide a step-by-step method for applying the traditional Chinese diagnostic art of differentiation of patterns to these clinical problems. More than 80 charts graphically illustrate the material in the case histories, and each chapter concludes with a diagnostic master chart.


  • Common Cold
  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Painful Obstruction
  • Windstroke
  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations
  • Select Bibliography
  • Point Index
  • General Index

About the Authors:

Li Xuemei is a medical doctor and specialist in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Born in Beijing in 1956, she completed her studies in Chinese and Western medicine at the Beijing College of Chinese Medicine in 1982. She then worked as a physician at the teaching hospital associated with the college where she taught many Chinese and Western students. Dr. Li has lectured in China, Canada, Switizerland, Yugoslavia and Ireland, where she now lives and practices.

Zhao Jingyi was born in Beijing in 1954. He graduated in 1982 from the Beijing College of Chinese Medicine, where he now teaches. Dr. Zhao is a practicing physician, and teaches propaedeutics in Chinese medicine to Chinese and Western students. In addition to this book, he has published teaching materials for his students, and has conducted much clinical research in this field.

Praise for Acupuncture Patterns & Practice:

“Ideally suited to the needs of both students and developing practitioners . . . A demanding standard for clinical teachers to follow.”

-The Journal of Chinese Medicine

“Well-organized, functional and detailed . . . Provides an easy-to-follow method for developing a TCM diagnosis by the use of differentiation of patterns.”

-American Journal of Acupuncture

“An excitingly fresh approach to TCM diagnosis and acupuncture therapy . . . Highly recommended.”

-Pacific Journal of Oriental Medicine

Additional information

Weight 1.40 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 1 in


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