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The Healing Path: The Practical Guide to Holistic Traditions of China, India, Tibet, and Japan by Jacqueline Young: Review "176 pages, The Healing Path is a uniquely accessible ... fabulously illustrated full color guide to both the theory and practice of Eastern healing traditions. Perfect for anyone considering such treatments, this book covers the principles, diagnosis, and treatments. With a focus on China, India, Tibet, and Japan, the book delves into the profound wisdom of these traditions and demonstrates their timeless relevance to all our lives.The author, a complementary health consultant who has studied Eastern healing with leading practitioners in Beijing, Tokyo, and Tibet, offers a lucid summary of all aspects of this complex subject. We learn all the basic background we need to enable us to start asking the right questions about Eastern healthcare in the light of our Western needs.Equal emphasis is given to curative traditions and to the maintenance of health through proper attention to the holistic balance of body and spirit and to the maintenance of energy within the body. Topics covered include Chinese herbalism, Ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture (both Chinese and Japanese), acupressure, Qi gong, Do-in, Tai Chi, Reiki, Shiatsu, feng shui, and kanpo.The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with striking historic images and specially commissioned photographs showing Eastern ingredients and techniques. Brand New condition, unread, hardcover w/book jacket, contains mroe than 150 color photographs and artwork. Explains the fascinating and profound ways in which the East has interpreted the holistic relationship of body, mind and spirit. Read more Show Less

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Converts and skeptics alike will admire Young's balanced, accessible study of Eastern medical traditions. More comparative anthropology than health guide, it will be ideal for people interested in Eastern medicines but daunted by the information glut. Young (Acupressure Step by Step), who has extensive and intensive training (five years in Japan studying acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, movement therapy and so on; advanced acupuncture and qi gong training in China; numerous visits to India to study Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine) advocates an informed selectivity (i.e., pick and choose from among these practices), which avoids blurring the traditions into the kind of exotic pan-Asian fantasy promoted by some Westerners. Each country is presented distinctly, as are their unique traditions. Concise historical contexts offer some fascinating tidbits. For example, after observing Indian doctors performing nose reconstructive surgery in the 18th century, British surgeons introduced the practice to Europe. By necessity, Young's far-ranging overview details only a few specifics, like Tibetan yoga, and mentions numerous others with refreshing and striking matter-of-factness. The layout is both artistic, featuring abundant reprints of Tibetan mandalas or sacred Japanese talismans, and instructive, with images of Japanese bathers in natural hot springs and photographs of stretching, massage and other techniques. This graceful treatment will please practitioners and help newcomers decide where to begin, and the book's selection by the One Spirit Book Club will bring added attention. (May 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402858727
  • Publisher: Thorsons/Element
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Knowledge for Living 8
Chapter 1 Sacred Roots and Early Texts 10
The History of Ayurveda 11
Unani and Siddha Medicine 14
Chapter 2 Concepts of the Body and Disease 16
The Philosophy of Creation 17
The Body in Ayurveda 18
The Healthy Body 20
Understanding Disease 22
Chapter 3 Diagnostic Procedures 24
Consulting a Practitioner 25
Examination and Diagnosis 26
Chapter 4 Healing in Indian Medicine 28
The Four Pillars of Treatment 29
Lifestyle and Behaviour 30
Food as Medicine 32
Massage and External Therapies 34
Ayurvedic Medicines 36
Panchakarma Purification 38
Yoga 40
Prayer and Worship 44
Healing the Body to Liberate the Spirit 46
Chapter 5 An Unbroken Heritage 48
Buddhism and Bon 49
The Transmission of Knowledge 50
Qualities of the Practitioner 52
Heavenly Realms and Buddhist Ideals 53
Chapter 6 Concepts of the Body and Disease 54
The Healthy Body 55
The Causes of Disease 58
Pathways of Disease 60
Types of Illness 62
Chapter 7 Diagnostic Procedures 64
Consultation and Questioning 65
Pulse-taking 66
Observation 68
Urinalysis 70
Dreams and Omens 72
Chapter 8 Healing in Tibetan Medicine 74
Modifying Lifestyle and Behaviour 75
Food as Medicine 76
Herbal Medicine 78
External Therapies 80
Exercise, Meditation and Ritual 82
The Subtle Body 84
Rejuvenation and Longevity 86
Legacies of the Great Emperors 88
Chapter 9 The Origins and History of Chinese Medicine 90
Legendary Emperors and Ancient Texts 91
The Universal Principles 92
The Five Phases 94
Chapter 10 Concepts of the Body and Disease 96
Qi, Blood and Fluids 97
The Organs and Channels 98
Harmony and Disharmony 100
Chapter 11 Diagnostic Procedures 102
Observing, Listening and Questioning 103
Pulse-taking 104
Tongue Diagnosis 106
Chapter 12 Healing in Chinese Medicine 108
Living in Harmony 109
Food as Medicine 110
Acupuncture 114
Adjunct Therapies 116
Massage 118
Herbal Medicine 120
Harmonizing Energy Flow 124
The Path of Purity 126
Chapter 13 Mythology, Inspiration and Purity 128
The History of Japanese Medicine 129
Principles and Practice 130
Chapter 14 Concepts of the Body and Disease 132
The Meridians 133
Patterns of Disease 134
Chapter 15 Diagnostic Procedures 136
Diagnosing through Observation 137
The Micro-Diagnosis System 138
Chapter 16 Healing in Japanese Medicine 140
A Healthy Lifestyle 141
Food as Medicine 142
Acupuncture and Adjunct Therapies 144
Massage and Manipulation Therapy 146
Zen Shiatsu and Imagery Exercises 148
Working with Life Energy 150
Herbal Medicine 152
Hydrotherapy 154
Zen and Spiritual Healing 156
Do-in Exercise for Health 158
Glossary 160
Further Reading and Useful Addresses 164
Index, Acknowledgments and Picture Credits 170
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