In life, the first & the foremost requirement is that of good health. Generally, everyone of us is having very hectic, tiresome & stressful life, both mentally & physically, leading to problems of joints, back, heart & breathing etc. Even otherwise, we have many ailments due to aging & other causes. There are several systems of healing, out of which one ancient system is that of Acupressure & Acupuncture from China. It is not advisable to compare, & discard any system of medicine. Wherever effective & faster relief & cure is achievable for any of the problems, that system should be made use of, with a view to augment or supplement the other systems. It is however noteworthy that, the conventional medicines have side effects, drug complications, & medical errors. In ten Chapters contained in three parts & two appendices, the author (who is a licensed acupuncturist having twenty years private practice) has discussed its various aspects. This book is based on his knowledge, his efforts in convincing his patients about efficacy of this system, experience of treating his patients, feedback & information from them & some organizations. Acupuncture is mainly known for treating pain & suffering, but it is useful for a wide variety of ailments like angina, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, skin diseases, female disorders, neurological, pediatric & psychiatric disorders, AIDS etc. The points for Acupuncture or Acupressure are those spots in the body, where the so called energy "qi", gets stuck & hence these points are stimulated with needles or finger pressure.
In one of the important Chapters, the author has answered some common questions about treatment.
He has listed twelve techniques of Chinese medicine system, which may be applied alone or in combination, by an individual or a team of specialists. The diseases & disorders which can be treated, have been listed into four categories, viz. where these have effective treatment; where effects shown but further proof is needed; where only some effects shown but these are worth trying; & those where these may be tried if practitioner has adequate knowledge & equipments. When the patient comes to a practitioner he has to examine, if his condition will respond to the treatment, how many treatments will be needed, phases of the treatments & prospects of holding of the improvements etc. Under "Resources", details of some sources for getting books on Chinese medicine, for finding qualified practitioners & other relevant information & also Bibliography, for some sources on Oriental & also Western, Science, History, & Culture have been provided. According to the author, many Americans are looking towards these therapies for healing purposes, since these are safe & low cost alternative systems of medicine. In general this book is useful for all persons, for making them be aware of these valuable techniques, the diseases they are capable of curing, finding out a suitable Acupuncturist & getting effective treatments without side effects.