NGUYEN VAN NGHI'S
ACUPUNCTURE LECTURES - SEMINAR I
VIDEO TAPE REVIEW
K. Brummer, M.D.
article reviews the video-tape series of Dr. Van Nghi's first
seminar (1) in the United States. Dr. Van Nghi currently residing
in France, is an eminent figure in both Western medicine and acupuncture.
He frequently lectures around the world. The video-taped lectures
of previous UCLA Extension-AAMA acupuncture courses provide an
exciting and convenient opportunity for home-based continuing
The tape begins with a presentation on
the use of YIN-YANG, the 8 Principles and the 6 Energy levels.
This is followed by an excellent description of the concepts of
the transverse and longitudinal LO vessels and the LO-IUNN shunt
Various techniques for treating chronic
and acute pain syndromes are clearly outlined, covering the use
of TING points, tendino-muscular meridians, lower HO points, and
"La Grande Piqure Miu'. Specific syndromes are presented with
clinical examples such as carpal tunnel syndrome and post-herpetic
An enlightening presentation on the Triple
Heater, its energetic derivation and uses, is coupled with a discussion
on the creation and transformation of energy within the body to
produce the WEI (protective) and lONG (nutritive) energies. Many
clinically useful pearls are to be found in this discussion such
as "all deficiency problems are treated through the Triple Heater."
The Curious meridians (also known as Extraordinary meridians)
are covered both theoretically and clinically. Appropriate clinical
examples and indications for use are included. One of the highlights
of this tape series is the presentation on agitated depression.
The early stage of depression, Yin depression, is clearly differentiated
from the later stage of depression, or Yang depression.
The presentation is supplemented by a
general overview of the psychoemotional aspects of Oriental medicine
as comprehended through the principles of the 6 Phases.
The tapes conclude with a series of practical
clinical situations. The section on gastrointestinal problems
covers gastritis, constipation, acute and chronic diarrhea, and
flatulence. The section on sinusitis addresses acute and chronic
conditions as welt as those of allergic etiology.
Dr. Van Nghi's video-taped presentation
is outstanding. He is able to balance a strong theoretical base
with various practical clinical applications, sharing useful treatment
protocols with those physicians trained in Medical Acupuncture.
1. Van Nghi Seminar ~ - Acupuncture Video Course - AAMA, Berkeley,