Notes on using the PicoSearch Engine
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The PicoSearch Engine on these Pages indexes every word in ALL files (and in selected linked files) on the Site.
The Engine is fast and powerful. It can search for ANY Term(s), ALL Term(s), one or more Phrases, EXACT Phrases and in Boolean Logic. Please read the examples below.
However, this Engine has a few oddities & "blind spots". Please read the rest of this Help File. Then, take a few minutes to "play" with the Engine.
HOW TO SEARCH: In the Search Box, type the Terms that you seek; then click [Search].
|An [ ANY Term ] Search for||Retrieves pages with|
|stock market||'stock' or 'market' or both|
|"stock market"||the phrase 'stock market'|
|+stock +market||'stock' and 'market'|
|+stock -market||'stock' but not 'market'|
|+president -"United States"||'president' but not 'United States'|
|(stock OR market) AND NOT president||'stock' or 'market', and without 'president'|
Capitalization doesn't matter. The ranked results will come from a total match on the words and phrases which you supply, so try to think of several specific terms for your topic & spell them correctly. It may help to include important plurals & derived words too, like [address addresses contact contacting information] .
Oddities of the PicoSearch Engine
1. It can NOT take wildcards (*).
2. It can NOT cope AUTOMATICALLY with spelling errors, abbreviations or synonyms. To cover most possibilities, enter many options in each search. Be careful to include many options (synonyms, abbreviations).
3. It can find only the EXACT word(s) or EXACT phrases presented to it.
4. In [ Search ANY Term], it CAN take a mixture of single words (separated by a space) AND phrases (in quotemarks) in one search.
5. Be careful to include many options for acupoint names & codes, sensitive points, or TCM-terms.
SPELLING ERRORS & Problems with spelling: The data (and linked data) in the pages are in a mixture of "British English" [anaemia, centre], "American English" [anemia, center], & some other languages [French, German, etc]. Some data (especially those from authors whose first language is not English) contain typing errors. The engine can not find a mistyped word, whether the typo is by the user, or in the documents.
A search for [ diarrhea ], or typos [uzsanli ] may return few (if any) hits, whereas a search for [diarrhoea ], or [ zusanli ] will return many hits.
ABBREVIATIONS: The IVAD files use many abbreviations [ acup ap aps eap tens tp tps gnrh hpoa fsh lh lu li st sp ht si bl ki pc th gb lv cv gv tcm jtcm ], etc. Use all forms of the keyword to get maximum hits.
SYNONYMS: When searching for
data on specific acupoints or channels, use as many common
synonyms as possible. For example to locate pages on the Triple
Heater, in [
Search ANY Term] type:
[ th, sj, sanjiao, sanchiao, "san jiao", "san chiao", "triple heater", "three burning" ] etc.
USE MANY OPTIONS for keyword(s) plus synonyms: There is no overall convention on nomenclature. Therefore, searching for details on one specific term can be hit-and-miss, usless many forms (keyword(s) plus synonyms) are used.
example, in [
Search ANY Term], gastroenteritis can also be found
[ diarrhoea scour dysentery coli "food poisoning" ], etc.
EXACT WORDS (singular v plural words): To get maximum numbers of hits for a topic, in [ Search ANY Term] use all common forms of the keyword(s) of interest.
For example, for the
maximum number of hits for equine acupuncture, in [ Search ANY Term] type:
[ equine horse horses mare mares foal foals stallion stallions ].
To get maximum hits for human acupuncture, in [ Search ANY Term] type:
[ human humans child children man men woman women boy boys girl girls ], etc.
POINT SPECIFICATIONS: Because there is no internationally used point nomenclature, searching for details on an acupoint can be hit-and-miss, usless many forms of the code & name are used. For example, the master emergency point (renzhong) can be found under many forms:
authors usually use the Chinese acupoint name, transliterated
or Wade-Gilles forms:
[ renzhong "ren zhong" jenchung "jen chung" shuigou, shuikou "shui gou" "shui kou" ] etc, whereas western authors usually use the alphanumeric acupoint code:
[ GV26 "gv 26" VG26 "vg 26" du26 "du 26" ], etc.
SENSITIVE POINTS: These have many names - [ ashi ahshi "ah shi" "ah shih" "sensitive point" "sensitive points" "trigger point" "trigger points" tp tps "fibrositic nodule" "fibrositic nodules" ], etc
TCM TERMS: Use many options
to cover the many variants of TCM Terms, for example, in
[ "de qi" "teh chi" "he gu" "ho ku" deqi hegu hoku etc ].
PHRASES: It can be hit-and-miss to search for phrases, because different authors use different phrases for the same concept. If one knows the correct phrase(s), enter it (or a number of phrases) in double quotes.
example, in [Search ANY Term], enter:
[ "postherpetic neuralgia" "postoperative pain" "hip dysplasia" "vet med" "veterinary ap" "meniere's disease" ], etc
[ "sheng cycle" "six levels" "five phase" "five phases" "ki yin xu" "yin deficiency" "deficient yin" ] etc.
the maximum number of pages on postherpetic neuralgia, in [
Search ANY Term ] type:
[ "postherpetic neuralgia" "herpetic neuralgia" "herpes infection" neuralgia herpes shingles pain ], etc.
MIXTURES OF WORDS & PHRASES: If one wants to
find pages on acupuncture analgesia in horses, select [Search ANY Term], & type:
[ acupuncture AP anaesthesia analgesia APA hypoalgesia equine horse horses ], etc.
it is more efficient to make one or more key words or phrases
MANDATORY, if you are SURE that they exist in the page(s) desired.
[ +horses +APA "acupuncture analgesia" "acupuncture anaesthesia" ]
Alternatively, use [Search ALL Terms] for [ horses APA ]
If any of these Links are wrong, or if you
have other good Links in Acupuncture or
Holistic Vet Medicine, please
use the Online