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Kigo: Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points Through the Changing Seasons

Kigo: Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points Through the Changing Seasons


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With references to traditional Taoist and Chinese texts, as well as influences from the author's background in psychology and psychotherapy, this book by Lorie Dechar demonstrates how practitioners can work with the spirit of acupuncture points in modern practice.

The concept of 'kigo', a Japanese word meaning 'season word', is used to understand the seasonal energy of the points and how the body relates to the universal flow. As an understanding of the spirit of the point brings focus and potency to a practitioner's needling, it also strengthens their ability to touch a patient's soul and spirit, besides the physical body.

Tying in the macro cosmic connection of the body to the universe with a poetic force that amplifies and deepens the effect of acupuncture, Kigo is the perfect companion not only for acupuncturists, but also for chiropractors and psychotherapists, doctors and nurses, and other practitioners who use the points as part of their clinical work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787752566
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/2020
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Lorie Dechar is an alchemical healer, mentor and teacher, and has over 25 years of Chinese medicine practice experience, over 10 years as a senior faculty member of Tri-State College of Acupuncture in NYC and many years of teaching at institutes and retreats throughout the US, Canada and the UK. She lives in Maine, USA.

Table of Contents

Foreword Randine Lewis 9

Acknowledgments 11

Author's Note 14

Introduction 17

The Seasons 29

Water: Winter Season 31

Wood: Spring Season 76

Fire: Summer Season 121

Earth: Late Summer Season 179

Metal: Autumn Season 222

Conclusion: Scattering Stardust 261

Appendix I Spirit Points by Season 268

Appendix II Application of Spirit Point Tools 271

Appendix III Understanding Chinese Characters 276

Appendix IV Resources 278

References 280

Bibliography 283

Endnotes 285

Index 292

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