The Book of Oriental Medicine: A Complete Self-Treatment Guide

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Addressing the issues of how and why illness occurs, this informative guide provides fresh Eastern perspectives on wellbeing and health. With easy-to-understand explanations, clear illustrations, and straightforward treatment alternatives, previously unexplained signs and symptoms can be researched, understood and dealt with. Tried-and-true techniques developed over hundreds of years — diet, acupressure, massage, exercise, scraping, and tapping— are offered for common maladies from colds and high blood pressure ...
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Overview


Addressing the issues of how and why illness occurs, this informative guide provides fresh Eastern perspectives on wellbeing and health. With easy-to-understand explanations, clear illustrations, and straightforward treatment alternatives, previously unexplained signs and symptoms can be researched, understood and dealt with. Tried-and-true techniques developed over hundreds of years — diet, acupressure, massage, exercise, scraping, and tapping— are offered for common maladies from colds and high blood pressure to backache and depression. Even with limited medical knowledge you can learn to assess your own conditions and become proactive in lifestyle changes, thus taking charge of your own healing process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844096046
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press
  • Publication date: 11/26/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 955,569
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Clive Witham is a licensed acupuncturist and runs an acupuncture clinic in a Spanish enclave in North Africa where he promotes Oriental ideas of healing and self-treatment. He has trained in the UK, China, Thailand and Japan, and is also a Member of the British Acupuncture Council.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

How To Use This Book xi

Part 1 What Makes Us ill?

1 The State of the Body's Qi 3

2 The Balance of Yin and Yang 5

3 The Balance of the Five Elements 9

4 The State of the 12 Organs, Channels, and Points 12

5 The Emotions We Feel 20

6 The Natural World Around Us 24

7 The Food and Drink We Consume 27

8 How We Eat 32

9 The Lifestyle We Lead 37

Part 2 What are the Signs Of ill Health?

10 Physical Characteristics to Look Out For 43

The Body, in general 43

Hair; Complexion 43

Nose; Eyes; Ears; Mouth and Lips; Teeth and Gums 44

Hands; Skin 45

Taste; Voice; Odours; Tongue 45

Part 3 How Can You Treat Yourself?

11 Acupressure and Massage 51

The Hand 53

The Foot 54

The Ear 56

12 Scraping 58

13 Tapping 62

14 Exercises 64

Part 4 How Do You Find the Channels and Points?

15 Treatment Points on the Body 71

Points on the Head 72

On the Head 1: Front 72

On the Head 2: Bad 73

On the Head 3: Side 73

Points on the Arms and Shoulders 74

On the Arms 1: Side 74

On the Arms 2: Front 74

On the Arms 3: Back f 74

Points on the Front 74

On the Front 1: Chest 74

On the Front 2: Abdomen 75

Points on the Back 75

On the Back 1: Upper back 75

On the Back 2: Lower back 76

Points on the Hands/Wrists 77

On the Hands 1: Back 77

On the Hands 2: Palm 78

Points on the Legs 78

On t he Legs 1: Back/Outside 78

On the Legs 2: Front/Inside 79

Points on the Feet/Ankles 79

On the Feet 1: Sole/Inside 80

On the Feet 2. Top/Outside 80

16 Specific Massage Points on the Hand, Foot and Ear 81

On the Hand 81

On the Foot 82

On the Ear 84

Part 5 What are the Main Syndromes and How Do YouTreat Them?

17 Syndromes of Weakness 89

Weak Qi 89

Weak Yang 92

Weak Yin 94

Weak Blood 97

18 Syndromes of Fullness 100

Qi Stagnation 100

Yang Rising 103

Damp 105

Phlegm 107

Blood Stagnation 109

Heat 111

Cold 113

Part 6 How Do You Treat Common Medical Conditions?

19 Head, Neck and Shoulders Area 117

Headaches 117

Dizziness 119

Sleeping Difficulties 121

Anxiety 124

Depression 126

Facial Pain 128

Nasal Allergies 130

Sinus Problems 132

Eye Problems 134

Earache 136

Tinnitus 138

Toothache 140

Sore Throat 142

Neck pain 144

Shoulder Pain 147

20 Chest Area 151

Colds and Flu 151

Cough 153

Asthma, Breathlessness, and Wheezing 155

Chest Pain 157

Palpitations and Irregular Heartbeat 159

21 Stomach and Abdominal Area 162

Nausea 162

Feeling Bloated 164

Stomach Pain 167

Abdominal Pain 169

Constipation 171

Diarrhoea 174

Painful Urination 177

22 Back Area ft 179

Backache 179

Sciatica 183

23 Upper Limbs 185

Elbow Pain 185

Wrist Pain 187

Pain in the Hand and Fingers 189

24 Lower Limbs 191

Knee Pain 191

Ankle Pain 193

Foot and Toe Pain 195

25 Conditions Affecting Men 198

Prostate Problems 198

Sexual Dysfunction 199

26 Conditions Affecting Women 202

Premenstrual Syndrome 202

Heavy Periods 204

Period Pain 205

Light or No Periods 208

Menopausal Discomfort 210

27 Conditions Affecting the Whole Body 213

High Blood Pressure 213

Low Blood Pressure 215

Hyperthyroidism 216

Hypothyroidism 218

Painful or Aching Joints 220

Fatigue 221

Diabetes 223

Obesity and Weight Loss 226

28 Skin Conditions 231

Acne 231

Eczema 233

Urticaria 235

Further Reading 237

Endnotes 238

Index 240

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