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The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

By Quinn Akira Takei

The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by Quinn Akira Takei, DOM, L.Ac., is a valuable tool designed for the acupuncturist, Chinese herbalists, or holistic practitioner.  This easy to use resource includes the most essential Oriental Medicine information and contains everything that you need to be more effective and efficient in your clinical practice. This well-designed, user-friendly book has been divided into eight categories; diagnosis, acupuncture fundamentals, an overview of acupuncture points, the acupuncture points, the extraordinary meridians, treatment modalities, differentiation of the Zang Fu syndromes, and the treatment of disease.  Each of these sections can be conveniently located by the tabs placed on the margins of every page.  These tabs allow you to quickly access the following vital information:


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  • Detailed images and descriptions of the acupuncture points; with Chinese and English names, locations, functions, indications, needling depths, angles, and insertion techniques

  • Tongue, pulse, observation and inquiry diagnostics

  • Auricular & scalp acupuncture images, instructions, and protocols

  • Memorization tools and charts

  • Empirical points and effective acupuncture point combinations

  • Acupuncture and herbal prescriptions for hundreds of the most common ailments and syndromes that you will encounter in clinical practice.


The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a completely updated, expanded and improved version of the popular book, The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture.

This book has been awarded the title of one of the top 25 recommended books on acupuncture by the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).  


The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is now available for purchase from The Center: Natural Health Specialists!

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The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been endorsed and highly recommended by leaders of the complementary and alternative healing professions.

"This is a beautiful book - well organized, well-formatted, authoritatively summarizing all current thinking.  I like that he includes the relevant Chinese herbal formulas when he discusses the zang-fu syndromes. This deserves a place as a foundation textbook in all of the acupuncture colleges and universities."


-Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac., author of Essential Chinese Formulas, 225 Classical and Modern Prescriptions Organized by Clinical Category and Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines

“The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is one of the best reference guides available to the Oriental Medicine profession.  It is the essential information in a well organized, quick and easy to use design. There are excellent illustrations of the acupuncture points and a treatment of disease section which includes all of the commonly seen ailments in clinic. I highly recommend this book for all students, new practitioners, and even the seasoned professionals.”

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-Tina T. Chen, M.S., L.Ac., author of Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology, Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications and Chinese Herbal Formulas for Veterinarians

“The Clinical Reference Guide for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provides a clear and concise reference for the busy practitioner. All content areas are easily located and it is a snap to use. A perfect study guide, summaries of important diagnostic systems, formulas and points are provided.”


-William Morris, PhD, DAOM, L.Ac, Author of Li Shi Zhen Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide

“Well designed, comprehensive, attractively laid out with great graphics.”  

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-John Scott, DOM, President Founder at Golden Flower Chinese Herbs, co-author of Clinical Guide to Commonly Used Chinese Herbal Formulas and Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine, “Acupuncturist of The Year” by the AAOM, 1997

“This book is a very well organized, comprehensive text that provides a solid foundation with treatment plans for the clinical practice of acupuncture. I wish I had this text as a student. It is great for beginners and those who have been practicing for years.”

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-Harriet Ng Hansell, MD, Board Certified Family Physician, Certified Medical Acupuncturist, Duke Family Medicine (2006)

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