The new iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad app for acupuncturists entitled ‘Manual of Acupuncture’ is loaded with user friendly features. This review focuses on our personal experiences with the iPhone version. Taken from the source text, A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman & Mazin Al-Khafaji with Kevin Baker, this app provides concise details on all major acupuncture points, many extra points, channels, extraordinary vessels and more. The Manual of Acupuncture iPhone app includes explanations of acupuncture point locations with supplementary photos and detailed videos. All individual point information includes the numerical-channel name, pinyin, English translation and Chinese characters. It also includes a reference search by indications. Other references include notes about cun measurements, location tips, needling directions and a glossary.
The Manual of Acupuncture iPhone app is incredibly intuitive. Easy touch responses to exact point and channel information is a snap. The iPhone app does not have the complete commentary and point combinations presented in the book or CD-ROM version of A Manual of Acupuncture, however, it gains incredible user-friendly search and added video acupoint location material. The concise material delivers exactly what an acupuncturist would want to know in a clinical situation including location, location note, needling technique, actions and clinical applications. This app includes a test feature that allows users to take quizzes on point information making this app indispensable for students of acupuncture and a lot of fun for licensed acupuncturists. We recommend the book and/or CD-ROM as a complement to the Acupuncture iPhone app.
Rarely have we seen a Chinese medicine app of this significance. The high standard of quality raises the bar for Chinese medicine related apps for the iPhone. Priced at $35.99 USD, this app is a great value.