Acupuncture, Meridian Theory and Acupoints
Written by Professor Li Ding, Shanxi Medical College
Translated by You Benlin and Wang Zhaorong
Foreign Languages Press
Hardcover, 413 pages
About the author: Professor Li Ding is the member of the Board of Directors of All-China Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, vice-director and vice-secretary general of Shanxi Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, executive member of the Board of Directors of Taiyuan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, and President of Qigong Society of Shanxi Medical College, chief physician of the First Teaching Hospital of TCM.The meridian theory is the study of the physiological function and pathological change on the meridians, the their related zangfu organs. The essential functions of the meridian system are to "transport qi and blood," "to maintain conductivity" and "to resist invasion of exogenous pathogenic factors." The meridian system distributes to all parts of the body. The endless circulation of qi and blood in the meridians is responsible for the maintenance of life and the variety of functions which support it. The meridian theory has been the guiding principle for the clinical practice in the realms of TCM, particularly in those of acupuncture, massage and qigong. By combining the meridian theory with the theories of the zangfu organs and the etiology of TCM, one can thoroughly explain both the physiological activities and pathological change which take place in the body. In this manner, a theoretical basis for the principle of treatment in accordance with the differentiation of symptoms and sighs was established.
Over the last twenty-seven years, he has published more than ten books concerning acupuncture and moxibustion, and traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese pharmacology, such as Jianmei Jingluo Tu, A Collection of TCM Clinical Experience, etc. Among the books, The Dictionary of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Meridian Points, which has been called "epoch-making illustrative dictionary for the points of acupuncture and moxibustion and meridians" and "the first creation in history," is chiefly edited by Dr. Li Ding and published by Dongyang Academic Publishing House, Tokyo, Japan.
According to many years teaching and clinical experience, Dr. Li Ding has combined the meridian theory with Qigong's characteristic of regulation respiration and transmitting the qi to create Meridian Qigong in July 1985. Meridian Qigong has been called "the latest Qigong for transmitting Qi along the meridians." In April 1986, he ran an international short-term training class of Meridian Qigong and ten doctors coming from U.K., West Germany, U.S.A., Norway, India, Singapore and Belgium attended the class. This Qigong is also welcomed at home. On the basis of Taiji Qigong eighteen types, he has had his own Taiji Qigong twenty-eight types, and his Taiji Qigong was also welcomed when he taught in Italy and Singapore. He has been invited to give lectures in Japan, Italy, Singapore, America, West Germany and Canada.
"This is the definitive book on the subject of acupuncture and will also be of use for those who practice acupressure and pressure points in martial arts. The book is invaluable- it provides the means of finding points in a simple and understandable way without a lot of professional jargon."
- John L. Herr from USA
"One of the best books I've ever read about acupuncture. Li Ding is a real Master."
- A reader from Buenos Aires, Argentina