Is Acupuncture Right for You?

Is Acupuncture Right for You?

What It Is, Why It Works, and How It Can Help You

A concise and easy-to-understand introduction to the principles, process, and benefits of acupuncture

• Explains the principles of traditional Chinese medicine that underlie acupuncture

• Describes the methods of diagnosis and treatment through numerous case histories

• Details how to find a good practitioner

Is Acupuncture Right for You? is regarded by many practitioners as the most concise and useful book to introduce prospective patients to the principles, processes, and benefits of acupuncture. One of the oldest healing therapies known, acupuncture has now become a popular and recognized alternative to Western medicine, particularly for the treatment of chronically painful conditions. While Western medicine manages conditions primarily with drugs and/or surgery, acupuncture focuses on treatment of the person as a whole by identifying and relieving energetic imbalances and blockages throughout the body. Addressing these disruptions in the energy flow, or vital force, of the body treats not only the physical symptoms but also the underlying cause of the ailments.

Ruth Lever Kidson explains the fundamental principles of traditional Chinese medicine that underlie acupuncture and how practitioners use this information to make their diagnoses and select treatment options. Using case histories of acupuncture patients, she shows what to expect from a consultation and treatment session and also offers advice on how to find a good practitioner. Anyone considering acupuncture for treatment of a health condition will find their questions answered and their concerns allayed by this invaluable book.
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  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594772672 | 
  • August 2008
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CHAPTER 6

Methods of Treatment

In Western medicine both diagnosis and treatment are usually based upon a part of the body. For example, a diagnosis of a broken bone will be followed by treatment of that bone by putting it in plaster, and a diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat will be followed by treatment of the heart with drugs to regulate its rhythm. A patient diagnosed with gallstones is likely to have his gallbladder removed and, with it, the stones. However, removing a patient’s gallstones does not treat their initial cause. While the stones do not re-form, since the gallbladder is no longer there, the imbalance that... see more

About the Author

Ruth Lever Kidson

Ruth Lever Kidson qualified as a doctor from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London and has studied a wide range of complementary therapies and, at present, is retraining as a psychotherapist. She is the author of Hypnotherapy for Everyone and A Guide to Common Illnesses and lives in England with her husband, who is a homeopath.

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