by JOHN R. CROSS Dr.Ac. FCSP
The Concise Book of Acupoints by John R. Cross FCSP, Dr.Ac. has been reprinted under the imprint of John Cross Publications. This is due to the extremely high prices that existed on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk of well over $100 and £100. It is now being sold for £23.50 and is in the process of another reprint.
John is a well-known educator and popular lecturer in the field, a very experienced practitioner of Alternative medicine since 1970 and highly respected in the world of physiotherapy and physical therapy. He is a founder member of AACP and past President (1998-2000). John is the author of ten other books in the healing arts of complementary medicine and is still passionate about his work by giving lectures and workshops worldwide in mainstream manual therapy.
The layout of the book is well sectioned, covering 16 chapters. The colour coded chapters include the fourteen surface and deep meridians, giving an excellent and informative introduction to acupoints and explains the traditional and modern concepts, when and where it was first used. It then goes on to describe what it is now used for and how. It tells us what we can use acupoints for, the traditional relationships including the explanation of the Five Transporting Points, the Cun measurements and the principles of point selection. Uniquely added to this book, you will also find teachings from Ayurvedic therapy. It contains a brief description of the Marma points, reflexology and the seven major chakras. The short paragraphs and colour full diagrams clearly describe their interrelationship with trigger points and acupoints, relating to the spinal segments.
The book is aimed at acupuncture students and novice practitioners, as well as physical therapists and general body work therapists who want to utilize the use of these points within their own practices of Reflexology, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Acupressure and many other bodywork therapies. This extensively illustrated book is particularly useful showing, a picture or diagram on nearly every page. The pictures are large, colourful and simple with only as much detail as required, which doesn’t over-complicate the matter. In most acupuncture books point location, needle use and moxa treatments for main points are generally spread throughout the book in different chapters.
Overall this book is clear and relatively simple, well laid-out and easy to understand. This book will make an excellent study aid for any acupuncture student and early practitioner in Acupuncture or Acupressure, one they would treasure and annotate with their notes over the years. I would also recommend this book to any practitioner in the field on Alternative medicine. An experienced acupuncture professional might like it as an aide memoir.
This book has been a best seller on both sides of the pond.
Price is £23.50 + shipping