Voices of Qi: An Introductory Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine / Edition 2

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Overview

We are in the middle of a cultural revolution in the health care industry. Nearly eight thousand people practice Traditional Chinese Medicine in the US and thirty-five states currently offer some form of legal status for its practice. Many people are seeking alternatives to the Western, medical approach to health care. To these seekers, Voices of Qi is an invaluable aid in exploring what Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer. Alex Holland has done an admirable job of presenting the basic tenets and practices to this ancient tradition in a clear, concise and accessible manner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556433269
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 635,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Holland is an acupuncturist, teacher, musician and composer. He was one of the first graduates in 1985 from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle and has been instrumental in the Institute's continued growth and development. He was the Institute's Academic Dean from 1992 to 1996 and former Chair of the Board of Directors. He spent time in Chongqing, China in 1985, working at the Chongqing Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He currently lives in a woodland hideaway with his wife, Linda, and three cats in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, WA, where they operate Peninsula Acupuncture Clinic. He divides his time between practicing acupuncture, music, teaching and exploring healing through energy medicine and expanded conciousness.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv
Pin Yin Phonetic Alphabet v
Explanatory Note vi
Foreword vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Beginnings 9
Balance of Yin and Yang 10
The Eight Principles 14
The Five Elements 15
Chapter 2 Theoretical Framework
Vital Substances: Qi, Blood, Shen, and Body Fluids 21
Organ Systems 27
Meridian and Point Theory 32
Causes of Disharmony 38
Diagnostic Methods: Looking, Listening, Asking, and Touching 42
Chapter 3 Modalities for Treatment
Medicine in China Today 49
Acupuncture 50
Acupressure 53
Moxibustion 54
Cupping 56
Plum Blossom Needling 57
Electroacupuncture 58
Chinese Herbal Medicine 58
Medical Qi Gong 62
Chapter 4 Visiting a TCM Practitioner
A Variety of Approaches to Treatment 65
Visiting a Practitioner 66
Cost 68
Finding a Practitioner 69
Chapter 5 The Future: World Medicine
Personal Perspectives 71
Appendix A A Brief History of Traditional Chinese Medicine 75
Appendix B World Health Organization's List of Diseases Helped by Traditional Chinese Medicine 79
Appendix C National Organizations 80
Appendix D Education and Scope of Practice 83
Appendix E Synopsis of Safety Record of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 85
Glossary of Terms 87
References 92
Index 93
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