This work will present the thesis that, both clinically and theoretically, pointscombinations in acupuncture therapy, and especially classical pointscombinations, constitute the most reliable form of treatment in Chinese acupuncture. We shall try to demonstrate as many such combinations as possible, dealing with their logic, i.e. theoretical foundations within the framework of Chinese medical philosophy, and other aspects such as:

CONSTRUCTION Pointscombinations  general rules The various laws for combining points Formula building in acupuncture therapy utilizing points combinations 
In addition, we shall examine a few major methods of formula composition existent In Chinese medicine for ages. These methods are very important to our thesis as they form the theoretical basis from which many of the pointscombinations have evolved. Another important facet of this subject is the tendency, of students and practitioners alike, to regard pointscombinations as formulae for treatment. In this work we shall show that pointscombinations are not formulae and that they serve only as solid "brick constructions"  so to speak  for a good formula. A comprehensive formula has to be formulated entirely on diagnosis. CONSTRUCTION This work consists of the following chapters:
DETAILING CHAPTER A  This chapter discusses the nature of points combinations in general terms, and will demonstrate the general principles of their existence. CHAPTER B  Chapter B discusses in detail the various laws and principles from which the art of combining points has evolved. CHAPTER C  In this chapter we discuss the difference between treatment formulae and pointscombinations. There are a few examples of the way in which a treatment formula is constructed, utilizing one or more pointscombinations. CHAPTEL D  This is the last, and the lengthiest chapter, in which we have surveyed 18 effective points combinations, each of which includes the parameters that we have mentioned above. REMARKS 1. The assumption of this work is that the reader is completely familiar with the concepts, philosophy and terminology of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.). Therefore, basic concepts such as: Qi, Blood, Yin, Wind, Heat and the like, have not been discussed or explained. 2. Some of the ideas presented in this work, particularly those dealing with the practical aspects of T.C.M., have no roots other than the clinical experience accumulated by me during my years of practice, and my personal observation. Nevertheless, in most cases, there is a numbered reference throughout the paper, pointing to a bibliography at the end of the work. 