I wanted a book that would explain in detail acupuncture points and their relationship to the whole body. This book, as small as it is, is packed with useful information.
If you can survive the first chapter, which in my opinion, is too technical for the layperson, you will learn a lot from the rest of the book.
Detailed diagrams of the human body showing the location of each meridian and their acupuncture points with description of how to locate each specific point. There are also suggested point combinations for specific disorders. If you are not fluent with the physiology of human anatomy, you will need a good biology book as a companion to this book for location of specific muscles, bones, vessels, organs, and nerves.
Not as good as a first-person lesson, but enough to get you started with a basic understanding of how and why acupuncture works. Good book for a beginner.
Acupuncture Treatment for Musculoskeletal Pain covers the basics of acupuncture theory and explains the precepts of Eastern medicine. The text is written for orthopaedic surgeons, anesthesiologists and rehabilitation medicine specialists, and will aid them in their diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain -- both acute and chronic -- as well as arthritis. Readers of the text will progress on a journey through healing that will serve as a useful adjunct to the procedures and medications currently in use. The author breaks the subject down into three sections: Basics of Acupuncture, Acupuncture Treatment of the Muscoloskeletal Acupuncture Points and Indications, and Special Techniques.