by Bamboo Software Ltd
Content: Multimedia CD-ROM covering Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
There are now many acupuncture CD-ROMs available that contain a database of
acupuncture points and uses, together with diagnostic information in TCM. AcuPartner
is based on Asymetrix multimedia tool book database, which is the engine that drives
the linking of text and graphics, aided by abundant hyperlinking for easy navigation.
Only acupuncture is covered. This CD-ROM packs the program into 61 megabytes, and
can be run straight from the CD-ROM. If you prefer, the program can be installed on
your hard disk (you will need 25 mB free) and can be customised by adding comments
or changing point combinations to "build your own therapeutic tool".
I ran the program directly from the CD and it was surprisingly fast, presenting a readonly
database. The opening screen featured one clear navigation bar with topics:
Syndrome, Disease, Point, Meridian, Organ, and Maps. One click over a main topic
revealed a drop down list with between two and eighteen sub-topics, some leading to
further selections. The information is very comprehensive, and very easy to jump from
topic to topic simply by clicking on cursor sensitive words or graphics. You don't need
instructions on how to use this software as it is very intuitive, but if you do, the guidance
is one of the most comprehensive that I have seen, with abundant screen shots.
The use of multimedia is limited. There are no sound or movie clips. The animations are
quite basic and show the acupuncture points hopping along the meridians! The graphics
are very clear, with little labels that appear showing you the name of the acupuncture
point when highlighted by the cursor. You would never be left short of detailed
knowledge about any point! Each point is described by its location, action, nature, use
of moxa, clinical use, and technique of needling, together with a wonderful coloured
graphic showing the point flashing and labelled along its meridian.
The information is of a very practical nature and covers disease diagnosis in Western
and TCM terms (fully searchable). The principles of treatment are explained, and also
the use of points. In case you may have forgotten a point location from this list, one click
of the mouse takes you to a full description. The CD-ROM contains no acupuncture
clinic management program, no information on how acupuncture works, and very little in
the way of safety information (eg the dangers of needling CV.17 too deeply in patients
with a sternal foramen. BL.67 is "contraindicated during pregnancy" (despite recent
evidence that it can work in late pregnancy to correct a breech), but SP.6 is 'allowed' at
all stages of pregnancy. The acupuncture point nomenclature is the closest that I have
seen in acupuncture software that approaches the agreed World Health Organisation's
recommendations of 1989, but HE, TW, KID, LIV, should be shown as HT, TE, KI, LR,
This CD is very easy to use with an excellent presentation of acupuncture points.
Content (Traditional Chinese acupuncture) 9/10
Content (Medical acupuncture) 5/10
Ease of use 10/10
System requirements - windows 95 or higher - 32 MB of RAM - 256 colour sVGA video
card - CD-ROM drive X2 or faster - mouse or pointing device.
For more details contact Bamboo Software Ltd, Yuvalim 112, Israel 20142
Fax: 972-4-999-0425 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home page: http://www.acupartner.com (where you can download a free demo)
Reviewed: Dr Colin Lewis
22nd September 1999