Acupuncture and moxibustion, which originated in China, has a history of more than 4,000 years. In the past 30 - some years, the Chinese Acupuncture Medical Specialists in Scientific Research, medical treatment and teaching departments have made every effort on the study of the location of acupuncture points, including several revisions of the national acupuncture textbooks, publishing of teaching materials in foreign languages, as well as a mass measurement and anatomical points.
In view of the rapid development of the acupuncture theories of channels or meridians and collaterals, and in order to meet the need of well define Acupuncture Points, The State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, People's Republic of China has presented and release a standard format of thorough and accurate location of acupuncture points of 14 meridians and a part of extra points.
More than 40 well known specialists in acupuncture throughout China has taken part in the research for working out this standard acupoints. Most of them are experts in Acupuncture and Moxibustion, some are experts in Western Medicine, while the others are experts in both field as integrated medicine. Those who are engaged in this research works are experienced acupuncturists, scientists, scholars and teachers with great medical knowledge.
Therefore, the locations in this text book are based on the text which are approved by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China and WHO Scientific Working Group on Standard Acupuncture Nomenclature.