Dr Mann first studied acupuncture in 1958
in the traditional Chinese manner. He spent
ten years learning to read medical Chinese
in order to study ancient and modern books
in their original language, and spent time in
On the basis of his clinical experience, however, he soon realised that the traditional theoretical foundation of acupuncture is fundamentally incorrect, and over the last thirty years has evolved a different system of acupuncture - described in his publication 'Reinventing Acupuncture' - based on the tender areas, quite often large and of variable position, which may be found in disease. Account is taken of the radiation of pain a patient may experience, which is different from the course of meridians. This system correlates with the functioning of the autonomic nervous system.
Much of the teaching conforms to neurophysiological concepts, and the system is particularly suitable for doctors trained in Western medicine, with or without previous experience of acupuncture. Scientific acupuncture is easier to understand because it fits in with modern medical training better than a system based on a metaphysical philosophy. Even those versed in traditional acupuncture find Dr Mann's system as well as concepts such as periosteal acupuncture, micro-acupuncture and Strong Reactors new to them.
Traditional acupuncture often requires numerous and frequent treatments, using a large number of needles and strong, lengthy stimulation. This system enables doctors to obtain a good response from a substantial proportion of patients after only a few treaments, usually involving just a couple of gentle needle pricks lasting a few seconds. The simplicity of this system is particularly suited to busy general or specialist practice.