Acupuncture & Moxibustion



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The content of this site is based on the work of Dana Heroldova from the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and this website is made as a tribute to her work.

The intention of compiling this text originated in China in 1957, when Mrs. Heroldova was lying for several months at the Peking Hospital and having nothing to do, she began to read over the newly published books on acupuncture and moxibustion. As this was a branch of medicine not known in Czechoslovakia at that time, she decided to translate some of the modern textbook on this topic into Czech. She must, however, confess that although there was a good deal of interest among the physicians, it was rather difficult to get these materials published.

During the course of time she found out a lot of discrepancies between the European books on acupuncture, which very often are based on Japanese sources and the Chinese ones, among which there also slight differences. Having now the opportunity of compiling a book on acupuncture and moxibustion, she got the idea of taking up three modern Chinese authors, namely Zhu Lian (Zhu), Cheng Dan’an (Ch) and Li Qianxia (L) and comparing them together, Li Qianxia is introduced only sporadically. He was chosen mainly for his very valuables remarks on combination of the points.

Author’s aim was to translate the most important materials dealing with acupuncture and moxibustion which are still being used in China and offer them to the European physicians for further experiments.