The western world is waiting for a clear scientific basis for using acupuncture and “Electroacupuncture”, with its emphasis on electrical stimulation of acupuncture needles and many other techniques, presents a wide range of research from controlled clinical trials and case studies in clinical practice that will no doubt ultimately lead to the integration of ancient healing practice into modern medical treatment.
Acupuncturist, physiotherapist and author of The Journey to Pain Relief. Sandton, South Africa
C Richard Chapman
Electroacupuncture: A Practical Manual and Resource is timely, insightful and valuable. Unlike most medical authors, David F. Mayor recognizes that individual physicians build understanding and mastery in individual ways. Instead of providing a sterile tome of information to digest, Mayor provides a core resource of basic information that links readily to an in-depth coverage of key issues, an evidence base, a glossary of terms, references, and a website resource. The reader seeking to enhance his or her unique understanding finds a wide range of resources available, and it is possible to follow a particular thread of interest to multiple deeper levels. Unlike a standard medical text, this is a resource that engages the reader and invites exploration.
C Richard Chapman
Professor and Director, Pain Research Center, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Robert A Charman
With 22 special contributors, 85 illustrations, and over 8000 clinical references David F Mayor's research based Electroacupuncture book plus CD-Rom is a truly stunning achievement. The reader is taken through the techniques of applying EA to the beneficial application of EA across the complete range of clinical specialities. This, in itself, constitutes a valuable review of a wide range of disorders for which carefully administered EA offers symptomatic and often causal relief. From the neurological pathways and neuropsychological effects of EA to a review of the theories and evidence for body bioelectricity, bioelectric circuitries, currents of injury and biophysical microresonances the author explores the informational dynamics of frequency interaction within the living matrix and its implications for therapeutic EA intervention. This book and its accompanying CD-Rom should be on the bookshelf of every acupuncturist, every NHS and GP service providing acupuncture, and in the library of every university faculty that offers courses in acupuncture and CAM therapies.
Robert A Charman
Former lecturer in physiotherapy, University of Wales College of Medicine. Founder chairman, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Energy Medicine. Editor, Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapists (2000)
Most acupuncturists have no more than a passing knowledge of the practice of electroacupuncture and a comprehensive text on the subject has been sorely needed for some time, particularly in view of the accumulation of recent electroacupuncture research. Who better to compile such a book than David Mayor, whose long-standing absorption in the subject is reflected in this substantial work. For anyone who wants to expand and refine their range of treatment options, this is an essential text.
Editor of the Journal of Chinese Medicine and co-author of A Manual of Acupuncture. Hove, England
This comprehensive compilation of clinical and research information on electroacupuncture provides an outstanding resource to further the important dialogue between two key stake holders in the acupuncture community. Researchers can learn how to design protocols that best reflect clinical practice while acupuncturists can learn of numerous studies that are contributing to the evidence base for their traditional health care system.
Research Director, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University, Past-president, Society for Acupuncture Research
Electroacupuncture (EA) is a very important modality of acupuncture in its broadest sense. Compared to manual needling it has the benefit of stronger therapeutic effect and is more cost-effective for the patient. However, the proper application of EA requires knowledge not only of traditional acupuncture, but also of biophysics and other relevant disciplines that may not be familiar to most practitioners. One can hardly imagine that a single book could fulfil the requirements of clinicians on the one side and those oriented to research on the other. Moreover, the interests of acupuncturists who are traditionarily trained and those with a Western medical training will also be very different. However, by their innovative approach the author and publisher have successfully solved the problem by editing this publication in two parts, one classical book for a clear outline presentation and a CD-Rom for more detailed material and a huge updateable database. I am quite sure that the publication of this book will greatly foster the more general use of EA in clinical practice and help improve its therapeutic effect. One can predict that in the long run it will also stimulate research into the mechanisms of EA.
Founder and professor, Neuroscience Research Centre, Beijing University, founder of the Chinese Association for the Study of Pain, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, author of The Neurochemical Basis of Pain Relief by Acupuncture vols 1 and 2 (Beijing 1987, Wuhan 1998)
This book has been some time in preparation but the waiting has been worthwhile. David Mayor has covered his field most comprehensively; he has read very widely and considered many relatively unusual sources together with mainstream research papers. He has also remained true to his roots and the ideas of TCM are not absent, but quietly in the background. All efforts to integrate science and TCM in a meaningful way are to be applauded.
Physiotherapists using acupuncture as one of their professional skills have
always been drawn to electroacupuncture. Electricity is just another "physical
modality" and has been used by the profession to relax tissues and re-educate
muscle for decades. When not dealing with pain in its myriad variations,
physiotherapists are frequently concerned with the functioning of the nervous
system. Electroacupuncture has often seemed like a key to both doors.
Author of Acupuncture in Physiotherapy (2004), Leader, MSc Acupuncture course, Coventry University, England. Education Adviser, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
This is a well referenced and very comprehensive introduction to electroacupuncture, primarily directed at acupuncturists and other complementary medical practitioners who may be interested. A compilation of a life time's work
Reader, Southampton University and Honorary Consultant Physician, Southampton General Hospital, England. Editor and author of many books and papers on acupuncture and other forms of complementary medicine
David Mayor has given us one of the most wanted books in acupuncture – The Book about electroacupuncture.
He has approached each chapter with an almost radical sense of compassion, as if all that any of us could do were to stumble ahead with the new knowledge we’re given. The result is a book crammed with wisdoms both from a scientific and clinical perspective. I don’t usually like books about acupuncture but if they were all like David Mayor’s - I’d read them by the truckload.
Professor in integrative physiology and senior consultant in rehabilitation medicine and algology, Stockholm, Sweden
David Mayor has provided us with an outstanding compilation of information and research on electroacupuncture. With scholarship and attention to detail, he explores what he calls this "rich seam of knowledge". Undoubtedly this book will be the bible on electroacupuncture for many years to come.
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, England. Co-editor of Acupuncture in Practice (1997)
This book is an excellent resource for both practitioner and academic and is a valuable addition to the acupuncture literature. The novel approach, using written and computer media, has ensured the publication is user-friendly and allows a reader to target areas of individual interest. David Mayor has brought together a distinguished group of contributors, assuring readers of the highest quality of both clinical and research knowledge in this field. In this era of evidence-based practice, in-depth knowledge of the evidence underpinning practice is crucial; hence a resource containing such a vast number of clinical studies and numerous other references will be of immense value to practising clinicians as well as academics, researchers and teachers of acupuncture. The author gracefully integrates Traditional Chinese and western scientific principles underpinning electroacupuncture without conflict, in my belief, a hugely positive step for the practice of acupuncture itself.
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health & Sport Science, Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
This work is a masterpiece, an amazing achievement. It is the deepest and most critical assessment of the international literature to date. It is a labour of love that took nine years of painstaking research to compile.
Overall, because of its vast breath and depth of coverage, this is a
difficult work to assimulate. It will take many readings but is a work destined
to become the standard reference on electroacupuncture for many years to come.
Hearty congratulations to its author and his team of expert
Acupuncturist and student of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dublin, Ireland. http://homepage.tinet.ie/~progers
Allen M Schoen
This is the most thorough text I have seen on the practice of electroacupuncture, covering every conceivable aspect of the field in an extremely userfriendly, yet scientific manner. It will be used regularly by all practitioners and should be in the library of every acupuncturist, whether in practice, research or academia. Have this text in your library, read it and your patients will benefit.
Allen M Schoen
Editor of Veterinary Acupuncture, Ancient Art to Modern Medicine (2nd edition, St Louis 2001) and
co-editor, Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (St Louis 1998). Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, N Grafton, MA
C Norman Shealy
Electroacupuncture is one of the most successful and effective Complementary and Integrative approaches. Whenever indicated and done by a competent practitioner, it should be the first choice before resorting to drugs!
C Norman Shealy
President, Holos University Graduate Seminary. Pioneer of TENS research and author of Sacred Healing: The curative power of energy and spirituality (1999)
The book is the A, B, C of electro-acupuncture (EA) and other non-traditional therapies that many acupuncture practitioners have been waiting for. The author offers an informed approach to using these within an acupuncture framework drawing upon and integrating both traditional and modern concepts within a contemporary clinical setting. The text’s value cannot be overly stressed for both the traditional and the non-traditional practitioner; it comprehensively informs, explains, guides, assists and mentors the reader in the unique therapeutic properties of EA. This is a valuable resource and a worthy addition to any reader’s library.
Lecturer, College of TCM, Department of Health Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney
Electroacupuncture is not a new phenomenon, but constitutes an approach to treatment that has been widely adopted by a broad clinical church. For those seeking background theory and links between Eastern and Western philosophical approaches, those seeking to evaluate a collection of the available evidence and those seeking to enhance their clinical practice, this text offers a substantive contribution to the field. It has the advantage of being presented in a brief (paper) form with additional and comprehensive support material on the CD Rom. It will, I am sure, be used as both a quick reference guide, material for study support and a fascinating text for those that want to explore this mode of intervention and its many permutations. The author has been thorough in his approach and has taken a wide-ranging approach to the topics covered.
Professor, Faculty of Health & Human Science, University of Hertfordshire, England. Author of The Bioelectric Correlates of Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair (PhD Thesis 1994)