Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Close this folderSection I: Basic training in acupuncture
View the document1. Purpose of the guidelines
Open this folder and view contents2. Use of acupuncture in national health systems
View the document3. Levels of training
View the document4. Training programmes
Open this folder and view contents5. Training of acupuncture practitioners
View the document6. Full training in acupuncture for qualified physicians
Open this folder and view contents7. Limited training in acupuncture for qualified physicians
View the document8. Limited training in acupuncture for primary health care personnel
View the document9. Selected acupuncture points for basic training
View the document10. Selected points for basic training in acupuncture
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View the documentAnnex I: List of participants
 

9. Selected acupuncture points for basic training

Participants at the WHO Consultation on Acupuncture at Cervia, Italy in 1996 drew up a list of Commonly Used Points suitable for inclusion in basic training courses. These were selected from the document A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group (WHO, Geneva, 1991).

As may be seen from the table below, the selection includes 187 of the 361 classical points, and 14 of the 48 extra points. Thus, the basic training courses for the categories of personnel described lay emphasis on the use of only 201 of a total of 409 points.

The guidelines on safety, which follow, mention certain points as being potentially dangerous and requiring special skill and experience in their use. Some of these are included in the selection of Commonly Used Points, and attention is drawn to this fact.

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