December 1975

Ear Acupuncture Therapy

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San Francisco


based on a manual prepared by the Chinese Academy of Science in the Peoples' Republic of China by A. M. Nehemkis and B. R. Smith, 150 pp, 25 illus, Alka Press, 1975.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(12):1521. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360180091036

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Between 1949 and 1971, we lost communication with the scientific world of the Peoples' Republic of China. In this period, the field of medicine flourished as a merger of the existing traditional medicine and Western medicine, with a great deal of exciting experimentation documented in the major scientific centers of Nanking, Shanghai, and Peking. Acupuncture therapy, which includes the use of ear points, has yet to enjoy the credibility of organized medicine in America. As early as 1281, the Treasury of Health noted that the 5 viscera, 6 bowels, and 12 meridians joined in the ear. The ear and its relationship with the internal organs were mentioned in Illustrations of Miscellaneous Diseases, published in 1773 during the Ch'ing period. Nogier, a French physician, wrote of his discovery of the reflex zones in the ear in his early 1950 studies. One of the major works on ear acupuncture from the Peoples'

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