Hundred Meetings

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

22-24 September 2017
Wokefield Park, Reading

Danny Maxwell

Workshop title

The Specific Effects of Acupuncture Points: Classical and Modern Perspectives

Workshop times

Friday 1600 - 1700

Workshop description

The clinical practice of acupuncture is fundamentally informed by practitioners’ beliefs about the nature of acupoints and how they exert their therapeutic effects. Do acupuncture points have inherent specific effects? Do they function – as many believe - as physiological ‘switches’ that produce specific effects when activated via needling (or other stimulation)? Or is it more accurate to view acupuncture points simply as openings into the qi mechanism of patients that - without distinct inherent functions of their own - allow practitioners to access and manipulate patients’ qi to produce therapeutic effects? To explore these questions, this presentation explores the specific effects of acupuncture points from three perspectives: the classical texts of traditional East Asian medicine (TEAM), modern scientific research and the prevailing discourse of modern TEAM practitioners and researchers.

Speaker biography

After completing an MA in English and Italian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Danny went on to train in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina in both the UK and China. He is the Editor of The Journal of Chinese Medicine and sits on the Governing Board of the British Acupuncture Council. In 2004 he founded the charity World Medicine, which facilitates acupuncturists and other CAM practitioners travelling around the world to where their skills are desperately needed. Danny practises Chinese medicine in London and Somerset.

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