Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, qigong, tui na massage and diet therapy have been used by the Chinese for over 2000 years, and they are still the treatments of choice for millions of people throughout the East. Now, Westerners are becoming aware of the many benefits of these potent therapies and the popularity of Chinese medicine is spreading rapidly.
Covering everything from the basic theory of Chinese medicine to how to find a practitioner, the book provides a definitive introductory guide to this ancient system. It includes explanations of each of the five therapies and their unique benefits as well as patients' first-hand experiences. With advice on choosing the right treatment, and comprehensive sections on useful addresses and further reading, the book provides everything readers need to know about Chinese medicine at an introductory level.
A practical handbook that provides all of the essential information, this book is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to find out more about Chinese medicine, whether as a treatment option or for general interest.
About the Author
Angela Hicks qualified as an acupuncturist in 1976. She is co-founder and joint principal of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, UK, where she teaches and is a clinical supervisor. Angela is also a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine and regularly practices qigong. She is joint Chair of the Council of Heads for Acupuncture Courses (CHAC).
Table of Contents
Author's Note. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. The Theory of Chinese Medicine: The Linking Thread. 2. How Disease Arises and the Art of Staying Healthy. 3. Putting It All Together: Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. 4. Acupuncture Treatment: Balancing Your Qi. 5. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Remedies to Restore Your Qi. 6. Qigong Exercises: Transforming Your Qi. 7. Tui Na - Chinese Massage: Feeling Your Qi. 8. Chinese Dietetics: Nourishing Your Qi. 9. Which One Shall I Choose? The Right Treatment for Me. References. Further Reading. Useful Contacts. Index.