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Foreword from Feng Ling, MD
By Feng Ling, MD

A late night in March, I finally flew home after a 30-hour trip from Argentina, and found a book entitled Clinical Reflexology of Acupuncture and Moxibustion by Prof. Jin and his colleagues delivered to my door. As I glanced through the first few pages, novel perspectives about acupuncture therapy and the meridian theory immediately caught my attention and I could not put it down until the wee hours of the next morning, almost forgetting my fatigue due to the long trip.


In this book, most theories and principles proposed by the authors are creative and convincing. Especially the viewpoint of realizing the impending leap of acupuncture from art to science through establishment and development of contemporary medical acupuncture is indeed relevant. I could identify with Prof. Jin as I had similar clinical experiences in the past. In early 1970’s, I engaged in numerous studies of clinical acupuncture, especially of the auricular acupuncture, and experienced both its benefits and limitations. Since 1980’s, in my medical practice as a neurosurgeon, acupuncture has also been extensively applied to rehabilitate patients with various cerebrovascular diseases. Currently, in my hospital, like most hospitals in China, acupuncture therapy has become a routine method of treatment in the fields of neurosurgery and neurology. However, we also met those challenges of classical acupuncture mentioned in the book by Prof. Jin. Thus, I believe that those acupuncture techniques with consistent or reproducible effects will definitely benefit patients.

 

This summer, it was my pleasure to meet Prof. Jin in person at Milwaukee, USA after attending an international conference in Hawaii. I was not only deeply impressed with his rich expertise in medicine, including acupuncture, but also awed by his expert knowledge in science, education, and methodology of the systems theory or cybernetics. His book Best Methods of Learning published in 1986 was just another example in applying a systems approach in the field of education. Currently, he is dedicating his energy and enthusiasm to the study of integrative medicine, and together, we are exploring potential research collaborations.


In short, this book takes a systems approach to learning yet is comprehensive enough to teach the fundamentals as well as venturing into the advanced concepts of acupuncture. In my opinion, few today’s acupuncture books are like this one that is written in such concise, modern, evidence-based, and scientific language. This book is suitable to all medical professionals, I highly recommend it as an advanced textbook or reference guide to surgeons, physicians, and other medical doctors interested in integrating acupuncture into their clinical practice and research.



Feng Ling, MD
Professor & Director of Institute of Cerebrovascular Diseases
Director of Neurosurgery and Intervention Center at Xuanwu Hospital
Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
Honorary Chair, Asia-Australian Society of Interventional Neuroradiology