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Anatomy for the acupuncturist – facts & fiction 2: the chest, abdomen, and back
  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}


Anatomy knowledge, 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 so that the intended target for stimulation can be reached. This article reviews clinically relevant anatomy for somatic needling of the chest and abdomen.

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