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By Giovanni Maciocia
Part I includes discussions of the concept of channel in Chinese medicine, morphology and flow of qi of channels; the huang, the gao, the coul li, and the triple burner cavities; functions of the channels in balancing and harmonizing body functions; and the role of the channels in diagnosis. Part II describes the pathways of the twelve main channels; channel symptoms related to each of the twelve main channels; how to use how to use each of the main channel distal, local, and adjacent acupuncture points; classical energetic actions of the five shu points; categories of points; and combining acupuncture points for successful treatment. Part III describes the morphology and pathways of the connecting channels; the physiology, etiology, diagnosis, and pathologic indicators of the connecting channels; and various treatment potentials using the connecting channels. Part IV discusses the morphology and pathology of the muscle channels; the functions and etiology; the pathology and symptoms; and the treatment of the muscle channels including methods such as massage, gua sha, cupping,a nd acupuncture. Part V discusses the morphology of the divergent channels, and their function and clinical use. Part VI details the morphology, diagnosis, pathology and treatment of the cutaneous regions. Part VII introduces the eight extraordinary vessels and their clinical use, and then devotes chapters to individual vessels, describing the pathway, clinical indications, applications, herbal and acupuncture therapy, and case studies. Finally, Part VII covers the etology, differentiation, and treatment of bi syndromes.