The book delineates the potentials and limits of acupuncture in the treatment of pain in the context of a modern bio-psycho-social concept of pain therapy. This is realized by an integration of western and traditional Chinese medicine, with the aim to meet the respective other medicine system on the one hand and critical distance on the other.
The book consists of two parts. The first part (chapter 2-8) gives the background for both traditional Chinese concepts to pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pain and basics of the conventional, western approach to pain treatment. The second part (chapter 9-17) gives detailed information for the integrative treatment of all common painful conditions. For every single indication conventional and traditional Chinese treatment options (including Chinese phytotherapy) are shown and the value of acupuncture, scientific data about its efficacy and its possible mode of action (in western-physiological terms) are discussed.