Active Points Test: A Clinical Test for Identifying and Selecting Effect


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Foreword by David Alimi, MD. Foreword by Dr Ioan Florin Dumitrescu. 1. The Test. 1.1. Definition and particulars. 1.2. Indications for and limitations of the Test. 1.3. Therapies for which the Test is useful. 1.4. An ex adiuvantibus criterion. 1.5. Kinesiology and Applied Kinesiology. 1.6. Other tests in acupuncture. 1.7. The Acupuncture Energy System. 1.8. The difficulties of acupuncture. 2. Practice. 2.1. Initial question. 2.2. Final observations. 2.3. One nail drives out another. 2.4. Materials. 2.5. Cleaning and disinfection of the skin. 1. Classification of the symptom. 2. Explanations and instructions to patient. 3. Looking for the painful points. 4. Execution of the Test and results. 2.7. The Test's persistent activity effect. 2.8. Size and electrical characteristics of the points. 2.9. Distance between the points. 2.10. Clinical-statistical observation evidence. 2.11. Non responders. 3. Choosing Points. 3.1. Two criteria for choosing. 3.2. Quick choice points. 1. Local points. 2. Paravertebral points. 3. Spondyloid points. 3.4. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, tuina and shiatsu. The Extraordinary Channels. Functional groups of acupuncture points. 3.5. A few more words about palpation. 3.6. Auricular puncture. 3.7. Mesotherapy. 3.8. Neural therapy. 3.9. Western manual therapies. 3.10. Medical history and blind acupuncture. 3.11. Duration of the Test (how many points should be found active). 3.12. Acupoint formulas. Chewing and digestive system. Genito-urinary system. Cardiocirculatory system. Locomotive system. Nervous system. Cutaneous system. Ears and eyes. 4. Explanation. 4.1. Neurophysiological interpretation of the Test. 4.2. The Qi interpretation. 4.3. Placebo and nocebo effects. 4.4. Psychological implications. 5. Therapy. 5.1. Therapy following the Test. Acupuncture and the cross-shaped pattern. Auriculo puncture. Mesotherapy. Neural therapy. Manual techniques. 5.2. In summary. 5.3. Clinical cases. 5.4. Discussion and conclusions. 6. Perspectives. 6.1. Use of the Test in borderline cases. 6.2. Self-administration. 6.3. Towards a more rational therapy. 7. Expert Opinions. 7.1. In order of arrival. 8. The Active Points Test in auricular puncture. Preface to the second edition. Outline. Examination of the auricule and application of the Test. Case study. Biographical references. Web links and bibliography. Index.

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