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Reading List for Acupuncture Study

For acupuncture study or a reading list, everyone has their own favourites: here's mine.

These are books that I suggest patients read to give them more of an idea about acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Some of them are good introductions, several are practical, and one is definitely a text-book: you can tell from the price.

If, however, you want to become a professional acupuncturist click on acupuncture schools.


The Web That Has No Weaver - Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk

This is a great book, often used as an introduction to acupuncture study. It explains in simple terms many of the concepts used in Traditional Chinese medicine.

Ted Kaptchuk has an enquiring mind and spent many years in China intensively studying.

The 5 Laws for Healthy Living by Angela Hicks

Angela Hicks has written several books about the Five Element (or 5-Phase) system, and this is the easiest to read.

This is often used for acupuncture study by schools of Chinese medicine that emphasise the Five Element system.

The Five Element system is a way of using acupuncture in Chinese medicine that is probably as old as the Yin/Yang system.

Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies: Psychology, Energy and Chinese Medicine by Leo Hammer

This is a longer book: full of interest but you may take a little while to adapt to this way of thinking about health.

It's not easy all through and some of it is of more interest to practitioners for acupuncture study, especially if they ever attended courses given by Dr Hammer's Chinese mentor John Shen, because of his unique insights, handed down to Leon Hammer.

Helping Ourselves - A Guide to Chinese Food Energetics by Daverick Leggett

This is an introduction to how the Chinese look at food energies. Easy to read, but not that easy to apply.

Many of the foods are difficult to find in typical Western countries and don't assume that you should eat only the foods listed for a given condition.

Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia

This book is far more than a simple introduction.

In fact, it was probably a major textbook for your acupuncturist when studying.

It doesn't cover where the different acupuncture points are but discusses in some depth the general theory behind Chinese Medicine.

Not cheap - but then, it's a textbook!

If you've read my page on cupping, an ancient and venerable art which, though by no means only Chinese, has been thoroughly considered by Chinese medicine, and you want to give it a try, read Cupping Therapy by Ilkay Zihni Chirali.

He's Turkish and first experienced its power when his mother used cups to help him overcome a cold. Years later, when he studied Chinese medicine, he realised that here was a whole theory of health and disease that embraced cupping as a wonderful therapy.

It's practical, pretty safe when done as described, and more homes should do it!

The next book - Qi stagnation - Signs of Stress -  is by me. Because my page on Qi Stagnation was visited so often by people from all round the world, and because of so many questions about it, I decided to expand it a bit.

When I started I thought it would be a quick 80 pages but in fact it is rather more than that.

Even then, some of the chapters, notably that on Yin and Yang, had to be quartered. 

Some of that material found its way into the next two books.

Yin Deficiency Burnout and Exhaustion: What to Do!

This is also by me. It's on a subject that affects almost everybody sooner or later, as they overwork, age or acquire ongoing symptoms of ill-health.

My page on the subject on this site gets a good many visitors, and people seem to think it's well explained there.

However, many people still email me about it so here's a book that expands on it. Not too long, and not too expensive I hope. I've just re-edited it so it should now be easy to read on your Kindle.

After reading about Yin Deficiency, you need to know about Yang Deficiency! 

The original creative acts forming both the universe and you, were yang. 

Modern life often dulls that initial burst of power in us.

This book explains what to do about it! 

But it's much more than that as it gives you an insight into how the ancient Chinese regarded the whole question of identity and what that means for you.

Is there a book I've missed?

If there's a book you like which you think I should include in this reading list, let me know by using the form below.

Don't forget to head it up, 'Reading List - Suggested Book'.

Of course, if you're more interested in professional acupuncture study, in other words you are considering becoming a professional acupuncturist, you'll need to get a qualification so click here for Acupuncture Schools.

Such courses last typically 3 or 4 years and give you a qualification which is of degree status.

There are a number of excellent schools of Acupuncture round the world, and the link above takes you to some in the UK.

If you are more interested in the links between China and Scotland, click on SCA.

Lastly, if having looked through this list the idea of reading about acupuncture is giving you a headache, you could always see an acupuncturist!


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Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott Books

All the books in the 'Chinese Medicine in English' series should be fully accessible on Kindles and Kindle apps. (Or you can buy the softback print editions, of course.)

('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)

Request! Please!

If, having read one of my books you can write a review - preferably positive - that would help others decide whether to read it.

You can put your review on Amazon or, on this site, here.

And if you think it was terrible?

Well, let me know so I can improve it for the next person. (Ideally let me know before cursing it in public!)

Here are some of the books I (Jonathan) have written.

Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can borrow the first four for 'free'.

Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion

Yang Deficiency - Get Your Fire Burning Again!

Yuck! Phlegm! How to Clear Your Phlegm ...

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine



Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!

One Review so far(Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)

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