Meridians and Acupoints Book Review

May 3rd, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn News

Meridians and Acupoints

International Acupuncture Textbooks. China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre.
Edited by Zhu Bing and Wang Hongcai.
Published by Singing Dragon. ISBN: 978-1-84819-037-5

Meridians and Acupoints Point  Book Shiatsu Acupuncture


It should be noted that this is a text book and is therefore academic in nature. As an international acupuncture textbook, the text takes an in depth look at the composition of the meridians and acupoints from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. I would suggest that some knowledge of TCM is required before utilising this book. It is detailed and uses TCM terminology. Whilst this is interesting, it is not for the faint-hearted.

The book starts with an interesting introduction and potted history of TCM. What follows this is a thorough look at the composition of the meridians and acupoints, including their anatomical locations and indications for use. There are useful summaries throughout the book that are worth highlighting for later reference. Tables and diagrams are used to assisted with meridian and points location. These are easy to follow and provide a useful reference within the material.

There is useful information on the extraordinary meridians and points, as well as an introduction to acupuncture and moxibustion techniques. Whilst this might not be relevant to the everyday shiatsu practitioner, it certainly is of interested and may be helpful when pursuing continued professional development.

I would recommend this book as a useful reference text for any student of shiatsu and practising shiatsu therapist. It would be useful whilst learning points locations for assessments during training.  I intend to use it to dip in and out of throughout my day to day practice – particularly the theory of the points and their indications. I found the information on the extraordinary meridians and points particularly interesting as these are above what is routinely taught during the shiatsu training.

L. Shannon, Shiatsu practitioner and teaching assistant.