Ann Cecil-Sterman is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Advanced Acupuncture: A Clinic Manual, a required text in many acupuncture schools in the United States and the first and only text with complete protocols for the Complement Channels. Since the publication of Advanced Acupuncture in 2013, Ann has travelled the world, to Spain, Australia, Belgium, Italy, England, Canada, Mexico and all over the United States to teach the application and methodology of the Complement Channels, the art of pulse diagnosis, and the use of food as medicine. For many years she taught Advanced Clinical Observation and was a senior clinic supervisor at her alma mater: the school of acupuncture (founded as an arm of the Swedish Institute) by Dr Jeffrey Yuen in 1997 in New York City. She is a long-time student of Dr Yuen, having extensively studied acupuncture, diet, Chinese medical history, herbs, qigong, essential oils, stones and philosophy with him across North America. Ann was Director of the Classical Wellness Center in Manhattan where for many years she practiced and taught classes on advanced diagnosis and the theory and application of Classical Chinese Medicine. Currently, her patients-children and adults of all ages-come from all over the world, working through illnesses or on personal cultivation. Ann's practice features the Complement Channels of acupuncture: the Sinew, Luo, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary Channels, and is augmented with Classical Chinese dietary therapeutic guidance. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. www. classicalacupuncture.com. Pat Didner, MAcOM, L.Ac, is an acupuncturist board certified in Chinese herbal medicine and a graduate of the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. She has done extensive Asian bodywork training in tui na with Yongxin Fan as well as training in Qigong Anma with Devon Hornby. A long-time practitioner of tai chi and qigong, Pat continues training with Sifu Fong Ha and studies Classical Chinese Medicine with Ann-Cecil Sterman. Pat specializes in the treatment of chronic conditions, pain, emotional and stress-related concerns, family and women's health, including infertility, using acupuncture, bodywork, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. Pat has an art and art history background and enjoys drawing. She lives with her family and practices in New York City. Cody Dodo, MS, L.Ac, studied acupuncture under Dr Jeffrey Yuen at the Swedish Institute in New York and later completed advanced studies with Dr Yuen in acupuncture and Chinese dietary therapy. Prior to his pursuit of acupuncture, Cody had a long career as a graphic designer in the publishing industry. He also designed the author's second book, The Art of Pulse Diagnosis. Cody has a private practice in Manhattan, teaches Classical Acupuncture internationally, and lives with his wife in Brooklyn.
This book gives one of the most complete visions of acupuncture available in the English language. It greatly expands the understanding of what acupuncture is capable of treating. It provides invaluable insights into the diagnosis and treatment of chronic degenerative disease and a most comprehensive vision of the acupuncture channels as the "warps" upon which human life is woven. Ann Cecil-Sterman elucidates the nature of each channel system's unique treatment strategies, specific needle techniques and role in the overall dynamic balance of the body's energies--not simply as secondary extensions of the twelve primary channels. Evan Rabinowitz, Director, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tai Sophia Institute An extremely interesting text containing a wealth of information digested from the author's studies with the well-known teacher Jeffrey Yuen, that provides answers to many of the questions which have plagued Western students of Chinese medicine for decades. Reading it, I found myself itching to take some of the unfamiliar aspects and test them out...Steven Clavey, Author of Fluid Physiology and Pathology in Traditional Chinese Medicine This book is a necessary addition to the practice of Chinese medicine for each and every practitioner now and in the future. A very valuable and extremely detailed practical and informed documentation of the Sinew, Luo, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary Channels. The book offers a step by step detailed guide to the ontological purpose of each channel functioning to protect the vital organs from external and internal pathogens, the anatomy of these channels, the pathogenesis of their operation and therapeutic intervention. These are channels that have been largely overlooked in the TCM foreshortening of the true Chinese medicine that preceded the materialistic medicine that has dominated mainland China since 1950. The author makes a vital contribution by bringing the emotional life of the patient as a primary source of physiological disturbance to our attention. Leon I. Hammer, M.D., Author of Dragon Rises Red Bird Flies Acupuncture as a modality needs to expand its perspectives how to provide greater wellness to those afflicted with chronic illness. While many are looking for more technological advances, Ann Cecil-Sterman has gone back into the vast historical teachings of the channel systems to unravel its mysteries so as to better serve our profession. Through her journey she has evolved into a skilled clinician whose insights will reveal, enhance and empower anyone studying Chinese medicine today. Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School) and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality Dragon Gate School)