Secrets of the Hidden Vessels: Explains how Chinese acupuncture works in terms Western readers can understand

Secrets of the Hidden Vessels: Explains how Chinese acupuncture works in terms Western readers can understand

by Fletcher Kovich

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Overview

This book has been superseded by an updated and expanded edition, entitled: Acupuncture Today and in Ancient China:

ISBN 978-1-9164830-6-4 (hardback)

ISBN 978-1-9164830-7-1 (paperback)



The new book contains the following new material.



Chapter 2 describes a new insight into the Nei Jing notion of a “meridian”, which differs from today’s notion and clarifies many otherwise misleading Nei Jing passages. At that time, a meridian was considered to be an artery-like tube (p.29). All the organ chapters are also updated to take account of this new information, particularly Chapter 9 (p.183), the heart-related chapter.



Chapter 3 (p.49) is a new chapter that describes the differing notions of chi throughout the history of Chinese medicine, including the 1970’s reinterpretation of chi. It also summarizes the new “intelligent tissue” model of how acupuncture works, and describes how this explains all acupuncture-related phenomena, including all those related to chi, needle sensation, etc. And finally, it suggests an approach that can enable current practitioners (who usually subscribe to the 1970’s notion of chi) to accept the intelligent tissue explanation for all chi-related sensations.



Chapter 17 summarizes the latest published studies that validate the intelligent tissue model of how acupuncture works (pp.323-333).



And other small changes have been made throughout the book to ensure all passages are consistent with the new material.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781916483019
Publisher: CuriousPages Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2018
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Fletcher Kovich was born in 1960 in the UK. His early training was in electronic engineering and music, and he worked as a music teacher, then a technical author in the software industry. In 2001, he began training in Chinese acupuncture and in 2005 he set up his own Chinese acupuncture practice in Bristol, UK.
In 2016, he published a groundbreaking book on Chinese acupuncture, which provides a new explanation of how acupuncture works and also clearly describes the key aspects of Chinese medicine in terms that today's readers can understand.
Since 2017, he has been conducting a research project to obtain objective scientific data to validate his "intelligent tissue" hypothesis on what acupuncture is and how it works. He has already published several scientific papers describing the results.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2. CHINESE MEDICINE METABOLISM

Translation of key Chinese medicine terms

How our body processes food

Overview of Chinese medicine metabolism

The Chinese terms for these various “influences”

Equivalent terms in contemporary metabolism

Other uses of the term “influence”

What are “collaterals”, “tertiary network vessels” and “blood vessels”?

How accurate are the Nei Jing notions of metabolism?

The role of the san jiao

Conclusions

The intake of food and air

The manufacture and transport of blood

The meridian network and its purpose

The notion of defence against pathogens

Does any vapour-like substance flow in the meridians?

The notion of “original influence”

The role of the kidneys, bladder and intestines

Does it matter that Chinese medicine uses metaphor?

CHAPTER 3. PANCREAS AND STOMACH

CHAPTER 4. THE MENTAL FUNCTIONS OF OUR ORGANS

CHAPTER 5. LIVER AND GALLBLADDER

CHAPTER 6. LUNGS AND LARGE INTESTINE

CHAPTER 7. KIDNEYS AND BLADDER

CHAPTER 8. HEART AND SMALL INTESTINE

CHAPTER 9. PERICARDIUM AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

CHAPTER 10. MERIDIAN OBSTRUCTIONS

CHAPTER 11. MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL FACTORS IN CAUSING DISEASE

CHAPTER 12. DETAILED CASE HISTORIES

CHAPTER 13. SHOULD THE NEI JING BE INTERPRETED LITERALLY?

The misconceptions about metabolism and physiology

The five phase doctrine

The “generation” relationship

Dissenting voices of the past

Application within Chinese medicine

How the correspondences may have been chosen

The fact-based associations

Applying five phase theory to the organs

Applying five phase theory to explain the correlates

Other notions that do not appear to be fact based

The progress of pathogens through our body

Movement contrary to the normal course

The explanation for hiccup

Liquids flowing via the meridians

Explanations for dizziness, double vision, and insomnia

Is left, yin or yang?

Needling techniques

Monthly meridian prohibitions

Needling according to season and moon phase

Needling techniques to “drain” and “supplement”

The nine different needles

Choose acupoints and needling depth according to season

Harming tissue, causes serious disease in the related organ

Frame of mind while needling

The outcomes of blood letting

Conclusion

CHAPTER 15. ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF VIRAL AND BACTERIAL INFECTIONS

CHAPTER 16. SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION OF THE MERIDIANS

CHAPTER 17. THE ELECTRICAL ENERGY WITHIN OUR BODY

CHAPTER 18. BIO-SYMMETRICAL FILTERING

CHAPTER 19. THE ELECTRICAL CURRENT CONTAINS ORGAN INFORMATION

APPENDIX A. FURTHER EXAMPLES OF SYMPTOM TRANSFER

APPENDIX B. THE DAILY CYCLE OF ORGAN ACTIVITY – MIDNIGHT TO NOON, EBB AND FLOW

APPENDIX C. CHINESE MEDICINE TONGUE DIAGNOSIS

APPENDIX D. MORE DETAIL OF OUR BODY’S ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES

APPENDIX E. THE YIN-YANG HIERARCHY OF OUR ORGANS

APPENDIX F. OTHER RESEARCH INTO HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS

REFERENCES AND ENDNOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

GLOSSARY OF TODAY’S CHINESE MEDICINE DISEASE TERMS

INDEX

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