A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group
(1991; 36 pages)
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View the documentWHO Scientific Group on International Acupuncture Nomenclature
View the document1. Introduction
Close this folder2. Background
View the document2.1 Historical perspective
View the document2.2 Towards a standard nomenclature2
View the document2.3 Essential elements of a standard nomenclature4
View the document2.4 Nomenclature proposals to date5
View the document2.5 The importance of a common language
Open this folder and view contents3. Proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
Open this folder and view contents4. Recommendations for further action by WHO in the field of acupuncture
View the documentAcknowledgements
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2.4 Nomenclature proposals to date5

5 Based on: AKERELE, O. & LIU GUO-BIN. Acupuncture: towards a standard terminology. World health, November 1985, pp. 20-21.

The Manila meeting agreed on the English-language names of the 14 main meridians and their alphabetic codes and reached consensus on an alphanumeric code for the 361 classical acupuncture points. These were published in 1984 in a book also comprising a listing of the equivalent terms hitherto used in English, French, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese language publications on acupuncture.6

6 WANG DESHEN, ed. Standard acupuncture nomenclature. Manila, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, 1984 (WHO Regional Publications, Western Pacific Series No. 1).

Subsequently, a Regional Consultation in Tokyo (1984) and Working Groups in Hong Kong (1985) and Seoul (1987) reached agreement on nomenclature for the 8 extra meridians, the 48 extra points, and scalp acupuncture lines.

These meetings also considered the nomenclature of basic technical terms in the field of acupuncture, certain auricular points of proven therapeutic value, acupuncture needles, and the unit of measurement for the location of meridians and acupuncture points. All of these still require further discussion.

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