The Encyclopedia of Healing Points: The Home Guide to Acupoint Treatment
Roger Dalet, M.D.
Healing Arts Press (2010)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (09/10)
Dr. Roger Dalet is a prominent acupuncturist and a doctor on staff at several hospitals in France. This book was originally published in French and translated into English.
As a former practitioner of psychosynthesis, and using acupoints as part of the treatment, I wish I had this book at that time. My first glance through the book I realized how thorough “The Encyclopedia of Healing Points” is. Dalet covers the 150 most common ailments in our society and how to effectively treat them by merely massaging or applying direct pressure to a specific point on the body. Advocating natural healing, I know that this modality works.
One of the common affects in our society is carpal tunnel syndrome caused by over use on computers. Traditional medicine advocates cortisone injections or surgery. However, the syndrome may be eliminated naturally through acupoint treatment on a first “point located on the back of the hand, two finger-width below the crease of the wrist, between the two bones of the forearm… [and] The second point on the palmar side of the wrist, at the edge of the crease that is nearest the pinkie finger.” Dalet suggests “stimulate the points…in cases of acute pain, massage the point until the pain disappears. For chronic pain, two or three massages per day for several minutes each time are called for. These massages, especially for carpal tunnel syndrome, should be deep and prolonged until there is a tingling sensation in the hand.”
This book contains live body images as well as illustrations with points indicated for exact placement. It also includes definition, symptoms, causes, standard treatment, acupoint treatment, and techniques to use. The subtitle of “The Encyclopedia of Healing Points” indicates this book is a “home guide,” however, I believe it would make a tremendous resource for any bodyworker or practitioner. The content is written in lay terms and is concise, understandable, and addresses common issues.