© 2010

Acupuncture Therapy for Neurological Diseases

  • Ying Xia
  • Xiaoding Cao
  • Gencheng Wu
  • Jieshi Cheng

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Fei Zhou, Dengkai Huang, YingXia
    Pages 32-80
  3. Jinmin Zhu, David N. Kennedy, Xiaoding Cao
    Pages 81-103
  4. Guoqiang Wen, Yilin Yang, Yang Lu, Ying Xia
    Pages 104-119
  5. Guoqiang Wen, Xiaozhou He, Yang Lu, Ying Xia
    Pages 120-142
  6. Gencheng Wu, Yanqing Wang, Xiaoding Cao
    Pages 143-161
  7. Qiliang Maoying, Wenli Mi
    Pages 162-193
  8. Jingchun Guo, Jieshi Cheng, Ying Xia
    Pages 226-262
  9. Xuezhi Kang, Ying Xia
    Pages 289-325
  10. Ru Yang, Jieshi Cheng
    Pages 326-364
  11. Jun Wang, Hui Zhao, Xiaoding Cao
    Pages 365-388
  12. Shulan Ma, Boying Chen
    Pages 389-406
  13. Zhanzhuang Tian, Hong Zhao
    Pages 407-425
  14. Yi Feng, Boying Chen
    Pages 426-436
  15. Qiong Liu, Jin Yu
    Pages 437-459
  16. Yi Feng, Boying Chen
    Pages 460-472
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 473-480

About this book


Acupuncture therapy has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for more than two thousand years. Modern clinical research has confirmed the impressive therapeutic effect of acupuncture on numerous human ailments, such as controlling pain, nausea, and vomiting. However, the biological mechanisms of acupuncture are still under debate. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the mechanism of acupuncture therapy is explained by a meridian model. According to this model, acupuncture is believed to treat the diseased organs by modulating two conditions known as Yin and Yang, which represent all the opposite principles that people find in the universe, both inside and outside the human body. Yin and Yang complement each other, and are subjected to changes between each other. The balance of Yin and Yang is thought to be maintained by Qi, an energy substance flowing constantly through the meridian, a network connecting all the organs of the body. The illness, according to this theory, is the temporary dominance of one principle over the other, owing to the blockade of the Qi from flowing through the meridian under certain circumstance. The axiom of “No stagnation, No pain” in TCM summarizes this concept. Thus, the goal of acupuncture treatment is to restore the balance of Yin and Yang conditions in the diseased organ(s). This theory has been considered to be useful to guide this ancient therapy, such as carrying out diagnosis, deciding on the principle, and selecting the acupoints.


Acupuncture Chinese Medicine TCM TUP alternative medicine chronic pain clinical application complimentary medicine drug addiction infertility integrative medicine neurobiology neuroscience traditional Chinese medicine traumatic brain injury

Editors and affiliations

  • Ying Xia
    • 1
  • Xiaoding Cao
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gencheng Wu
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jieshi Cheng
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Medical NeurobiologyShanghai Medical College of Fudan UniversityShanghaiP.R. China
  3. 3.Department of Integrative Medicine and NeurobiologyShanghai Medical College of Fudan UniversityShanghaiP.R. China

About the editors

All editors and authors of this book are members of the Institute of Acupuncture Research at Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University (Former Shanghai Medical University), one of the earliest Institutions in China, which is specialized in research on acupuncture effects and the mechanisms. This Institute is also one of the WHO Collaborating Centers for Traditional Medicine. In the past 50 years, scientists in this Institute have comprehensively studied acupuncture effects on neurological disorders and the underlying mechanisms. This book is the first monograph of this Institute and will summarize the major studies performed in this Institute and extend the informative discussions to all disciplines related to the scope of this book, including the most recent results from this Institute. Some authors are members of neurobiological labs in USA at the same time and the book covers also those studies of other researchers in the view of modern neuroscience. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Acupuncture Therapy for Neurological Diseases
  • Editors Ying Xia
    Xiaoding Cao
    Gen-Cheng Wu
    Jieshi Cheng
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-10855-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-10857-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 480
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Jointly published with Tsinghua University Press
  • Topics Acupuncture
    Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that plays an important role in traditional Chinese medicine. … This monograph summarizes what is known about research into the use of this technique for neurological disorders. … Acupuncture researchers and neuroscientists are the intended audience. … welcome addition to the neurology library of anyone interested in acupuncture and its use in neurology. … does an amazing job of showing how much science is at the heart of acupuncture.” (Joseph I. Sirven, Doody’s Review Service, September, 2010)