A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture Book Review

patient's guide to acupuncture book review

Name of the Book

A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture 

Everything You Need to Know 

By Sarah Swanberg


As an acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, you probably heard these following questions very often. 

  • Does acupuncture hurt?
  • How does acupuncture work?
  • What does acupuncture treat? 

You definitely have your own way of answering those frequently asked questions. At the same time, wouldn’t it be great to have a guidebook to explain all the basics for people who are curious about acupuncture?

Look no further. 

A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture by Sarah Swanberg is a book introducing acupuncture’s fundamental principles and what to expect during treatment. 

The book is written in easy to understand language. No excessive terminology requires extra Googling to understand.  


The book has four chapters 

  • Chapter One: Introducing Acupuncture

This chapter includes basic concepts of what acupuncture is, a brief history, other related Chinese medicine treatment, and how to find a practitioner. 


  • Chapter Two: Principles of Acupuncture

This chapter includes Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, the Vital Substances, the Organs and Meridians, the Seven Emotions, and extneral factors. 

  • Chapter Three: Diagnosis and Treatment

This chapter includes methods for diagnosing and how acupuncturist creating a treatment plan


  • Chapter Four: Acupuncture in Action

This chapter includes 20 common ailments and its simple diagnosis and possible treatment. Some ailments include DIY acupressure points. 0


  • $10.99

Publication Details

  • Print length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Althea Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-64152-559-6
  • Publication Date: 08/13/2019

Pros and Cons


  • It is super easy to read

Sarah Swanberg put into good thoughts on what to cover and how deep she goes in this beginner’s guidebook. She gives enough information to answer commonly asked questions but not too much to overwhelm beginners. 

The book is well organized so the readers can easily go through all chapters or jump to the section they are most interested in. 


  • It covers all frequently asked questions

As Sarah is a practicing acupuncturist, she definitely knows what the most frequently asked questions are. She did excellent in answering these questions in a simple way and does not burden readers with unnecessary terminology.  

  • It covers all basics laymen need to know

More than answering FAQs, Sarah also knows what laymen should know about acupuncture and basic Chinese medicine concepts. She explains those concepts and makes it possible for laymen to have a vocabulary to dig deeper if they want.  


  • More graphics 

Sarah uses a good amount of graphics. Yet as a beginner, I would like to see more graphics, especially in Chapter Four whether acupressure points are introduced in some common alignments.  

That will help me better in locating the acupressure points and try it out on myself. 


I have not yet read this book. It has 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon based on 50 global ratings. It seems to be solid for a beginner’s guide. I will report back when I complete the book.


If you are looking for a simple and modern beginner’s guide to acupuncture, this book covers all the basics. It is easy to read. It can be a great gift to patients and anyone who is curious about acupuncture.


I have no affiliate relationship with the author nor the publisher. 

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