The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine

The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine

by Daniel Keown


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Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new finger tips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know, that western medicine ignores?

Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine, and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that western medicine largely ignores. He explains the generative force of embryology, how the hearts of two people in love (or in scientific terms 'quantum entanglement') truly beat as one, how a cheating heart is also an ill heart (which is why men are twice as likely to die of a sudden heart attack with their mistress than with their wife), how neural crest cells determine our lifespan, and why Proust's madeleines evoked the memories they did.

The book shows how the theories of western and Chinese medicine support each other, and how the integrated theory enlarges our understanding of how bodies work on every level. Full of good stories and surprising details, Dan Keown's book is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to know how the body really works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848191969
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 159,101
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr Daniel Keown has worked as a registered doctor since graduating with a medical degree from Manchester University in 1998. In 2008, he completed a degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Kingston University, and he has studied alongside the renowned Dr Wang Ju-Yi at the Institute of Channel Diagnosis in Beijing. He lives and practises in Tunbridge Wells, UK.

Table of Contents

Prologue. Part 1. 1. In the Beginning… 2. The One Cell Universe. 3. 'A Name but no Form…' 4. The Triple Helix. 5. The Spark of Life. 6. What is Qi? 7. Cloning Sheep with Qi. 8. How Qi Folds the Body. 9. Organ Qi. 10. Origini. 11. Tricky Dicky and Little Pricks. 12. Human Fractals. 11. The Leonardoes and the Perfect Man. 12. Evolution at Warp Speed. 13. When Sonic Hedgehog Turns Nasty. 14. What Are Acupuncture Points? 15. Currents of Qi. Part 2. Ming Men: The Embryology of Chinese Medicine. Introduction. 1. 2. 3. 4. Yangmion: Beauty and Brains. 5. The Yolk of our Body. 6. Blood – the Middle Layer. 7. Embryological Surfers. 8. Yin. 9. The Six Yin Organs. 7. The Emperor. 8. Arm Shao Yin Channel. 9. Emergency Case Report. 10. The Stubborn One. 11. The Ad-kidney? Gland 12. The Kidney Makes the Marrow. 13. The Kidney Controls the Bones. 14. Fire at the Gate of Vitality. 15. The Kidney Controls Water. 16. Kidney is the Seat of Fear in our Bodies. 17. The Kidney Jing Fills the Brain. 18. The Kidney Controls the Sex Drive. 19. Leg Shao-Yin. 20. The Inspiring Organ. 21. The Odd Organ. 22. The General. 23. The Emperor's Bodyguard. 24. Yang. 25. The Surfing Channel. 26. The Invisible Channel. 27. The Gut Channel. 28. The Gut Channel… again. 29. The Lymph Channel. 30. God's Channel. Epilogue. Appendix 1. How Cancer Moves. Appendix 2. Yin and Yang.

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The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a body worker who exclusively works with the fascia to soften and lengthen the fascia and support clients in “disappearing” their own pain, and who is recently introduced to the world of accupuncture, this is invaluable. Knocked my sox off ! ! Thank you ! Tom Davidson Zentherapist
KimTeamer More than 1 year ago
The Spark in the Machine is outstanding! Totally my kind of book, it is an exceptional blend of health science and life. The great thing about this book is its simplicity. It speaks in such a functional way, making the hard-to-understand understandable. I could lose myself for hours in this book. While it is certainly not a quick read, it is definitely a valuable one.  As a therapist with a strong interest in fascia and fascia-related disorders, I found this book to be intriguing. I would put my endorsement all over it. As a health-minded individual who is totally into wellness, healing, and wholeness, I would not hesitate to recommend this.  Those who invest in this title will surely not be disappointed. Rating: 5/5+Recommend: Yes Bookshelf Worthy: Yes Hard copy or Digital copy: Hard copy Audience: Medical community, Health and Science programs, Alternative Health Practitioners, General community interested in understanding the human body and its function
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
Touches on the different aspect of western medicine and acupuncture. This book is brilliant and so fascinating, I couldn't put it down.  Explains in detail about different aspects of surgery and how key hole surgery is the best as there is minimum healing time rather  than a full operation, research into  humans and non union of bone fractures, mentions cancer which spread uncontrollable cells which have lost their connection with the body and have become the enemy within, how collagen gives bones strength and forms connective tissue with organs and is an abundant source of protein and explains in depth the whole  and is an abundant source of protein, explains the whole concept of the body in relation to acupuncture.