Buddhist Healing Touch: A Self-Care Program for Pain Relief and Wellness

Buddhist Healing Touch: A Self-Care Program for Pain Relief and Wellness


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An introduction to the unique healing practices of the Buddhist monks.

• Examines a wide range of specific conditions and includes detailed, illustrated instructions.

• First English translation of the most widely used book on self-massage in China and Taiwan.

When Dr. Ming-Sun Yen was sentenced to hard manual labor during China's Cultural Revolution, he served his sentence in the shadow of the Lin-Yang Shih, an ancient Buddhist temple in the mountains near Fuchow. There he witnessed the impressive healing work performed by a Buddhist monk on the Red Guard's prisoners, many of whom had sustained beatings and physical injuries. For the next three years he worked as the monk's assistant, learning techniques that had been handed down in Buddhist tradition for centuries.

In Buddhist Healing Touch, Dr. Yen teaches us how to care for ourselves naturally by using acupressure, self-massage, breathing techniques, exercises, and herbal remedies. He looks at a wide range of conditions, from abdominal cramps to sinusitis. A brief diagnostic description is provided for each condition, followed by a step-by-step guide to the most effective acupressure and massage techniques for treating it. Illustrations of the acupressure points accompany each treatment as well as tips regarding diet and relevant folk cures. Possible complications are also indicated with clear instructions for when to seek the care and advice of a qualified physician.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892818860
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Edition description: Original
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ming-Sun Yen, M.D., is trained in both modern Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He lives in Fuchien, China, where he has practiced medicine for more than forty years. Medical advisor and coauthor Joseph Chiang, M.D., also has degrees in chemistry, engineering, and medical acupuncture. He currently practices medicine at the University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center. Myrna Louison Chen, translator and coauthor, has worked in the fields of medical research and engineering.

Table of Contents


Part One: Theoretical Foundations

1. Introduction to Acupressure

How to Locate the Acupoints

Basic Acupressure Massage Techniques

Part Two: The Practice of Buddhist Acupressure

4. General—For Men and Women
Abdominal Cramps
Arthritic Pain in the Shoulder
Arthritic Pain in the Knee
Back Injury
Back Pain
Calf Cramp
Cervical Spinal Diseases
Cold Sores
Difficulty Swallowing
Difficulty Walking Due to Aging
Enlarged Abdomen—The Beer Belly Syndrome
Eye STrain
Foreign Object Lodged in the Windpipe (The Heimlich Maneuver)
Frozen Shoulder ("The Fiftieth Shoulder")
Gastroptosis—Downward Displacement of the Stomach
Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Heart Palpitations
High Blood Pressure
Involuntary Blinking
Migraine Headaches Motion Sickness
Muscle Spasm of the Chest Wall
Muscle Pain
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Numbness of the Hands and Fingers
Overexertion of the Leg Muscles and Feet
Painful Heals Preventing Cancer
Quitting Smoking
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)
Shortness of Breath
Stiff Neck
Stomach Pain
Stress—Mental and Physical Fatigue
Swollen Legs and Sore Back
Tonsillitis and Throat Infection
Varicose Veins
Yonger-Looking Face

5. For Men Only
Early Ejaculation
Erection Difficulties

6. For Women Only
Blocked Milk Duct
Breast Abscess
Breast Feeding—Before and After Delivery
Difficult Urination after Childbirth
Fibrous Breasts
Incorrect Position of the Fetus
Insufficient Milk Flow
Menstrual Discomfort
Overdue Pregnancy
Womb Education
Part Three: Wellness for Life

7. A Daily Wellness Program

8. Patting—To Prevent and Cure Illness

9. A Popular Folk Cure—Gua Sa, or Skin Scraping


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