WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations.

Author: Lim S.
Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, #47 Gyeonghuidae-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-701, Korea. lims@khu.ac.kr.
Conference/Journal: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.
Date published: 2009 Feb 8
Other: Word Count: 186

\'WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations in the Western Pacific Region (WHO Standard) was released earlier this year. Initially, there were 92/361 controversial acupuncture points (acupoints). Through seven informal consultations and four task force team meetings, 86 points were agreed upon among the 92 controversial acupoints, leaving 6 remaining controversial acupoints which demand active research in the future. This will enhance the reproducibility and validity of acupuncture studies, which in turn will lead to a better understanding of acupuncture mechanisms in order to eventually optimize its clinical efficacy for a range of diseases and syndromes. This book has two parts: General Guidelines for Acupuncture Point Locations and WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations. First of all, familiarity with the General Guidelines for Acupuncture Point Locations in this book can help the reader to understand and use the contents of this book more intelligently. I would like to thank all of the participating experts and scholars for this great work, which has overcome the limits of previous acupuncture references. I also appreciate the dedicated effort and harmonious leadership of Dr Choi Seung-hoon, former Regional Adviser in Traditional Medicine of Western Pacific Office, WHO.