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Anatomy for the acupuncturist – facts & fiction 1: the head and neck region
  1. Elmar Peuker, senior lecturer1,
  2. Mike Cummings, medical director2
  1. 1
    Department of Anatomy, Clinical Anatomy Division, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany
  2. 2
  1. e-peuker{at}


Knowledge of anatomy, and the skill to apply it, is arguably the most important facet of safe and competent acupuncture practice. The authors believe that an acupuncturist should always know where the tip of their needle lies with respect to the relevant anatomy so that vital structures can be avoided and the intended target for stimulation can be reached.

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