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Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
     

Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine

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by Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korngold
 

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Two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify Chinese medicine's centuries-odl approach to health. Combining Eastern traditions with Western sensibilities in a unique blend that is relevant today, Between Heaven And Earth opens the door to a vast storehouse of knowledge that bridges the gap between mind and body, theory

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Two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify Chinese medicine's centuries-odl approach to health. Combining Eastern traditions with Western sensibilities in a unique blend that is relevant today, Between Heaven And Earth opens the door to a vast storehouse of knowledge that bridges the gap between mind and body, theory and practice, professional and self-care, East and West.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For anyone seriously interested in learning about Chinese medicine, Beinfield and Korngold provide a comprehensive, though technical, look at it. The book is divided into three parts: theory; the psychology of Chinese medicine and therapy; and such treatment methods as acupuncture, herbs and diet. Licensed acupunturists, Beinfield and Korngold stress that the models of Eastern and Western medicine are significantly different. Consequently, so are methods, emphases and outcomes. Chinese medicine, they claim, readjusts the body's balance and enhances self-healing--while Western medicine, in contrast, stresses suppressing and eliminating pathological phenomena, and crisis-intervention. The authors don't discount the need, in some instances, for Western medicine. In fact, they bring this issue up poignantly with an event close to home: their son was born with a heart deformity that required specialized surgery. To help maintain his health, his parents incorporated herbal remedies in his diet. A particularly interesting concept is ``culinary alchemy'' or kitchen medicine, based on the Chinese tenet ``Who we are determines what is most beneficial for us to eat.'' The authors provide an extensive, cross-referenced compendium of herb names, as well as information on using Chinese patent medicines and formulas for general health problems. (June)
Library Journal
Chinese medicine uses a variety of diagnostic techniques, such as observation, pulse-taking, and questioning, to determine a patient's type and optimal therapy. Here, two Western practitioners describe for Western lay readers philosophy, diagnostic techniques, and possible treatments. They also show how an understanding of the five Chinese elements--wood, fire, earth, metal, and water--enables one to begin to understand one's own patterns of physical and emotional health. Beinfeld and Korngold have done a handy job of explaining this esoteric and frequently misunderstood modality. For New Age health collections in public libraries.-- Judith Eannarino, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345359438
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/04/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
432

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Between Heaven and Earth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been suffering with varyious problems in my body for several years. The only answer the specialists had for me were prescription pills. Displeased with their diagnois, I searched for alternative ways to restore and heal my body. I needed to understand what was happening to my body and why certain problems were arising. This book, "Between Heaven and Earth", revealed the knowledge and understanding of the human body that I was looking for. I read the entire book in one day. I simply could not put it down. In one day I understood why I was ill, why I had pain in certain parts of my body, why my body was changing, and most importantly I learned how to correct and reverse my situation naturally. This book and all the information within, aided and guided me through a harmonious course of changes in my life that have kept me free from prescription pills for over a year. I now have a greater understanding of my body, mind, soul, and spirit. The Eastern philosophy of harmony and balance was exactly what I needed and I found it in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking real and effective change in their lifestyle.
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