The promise and mystery of Chinese medicine has intrigued and fascinated Westerners ever since the "Bamboo Curtain" was lifted in the early 1970s. Now, in Between Heaven and Earth, two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify this centuries-old approach to health. Harriet Beinfeld and Efrem Korngold, pioneers in the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the United States for over eighteen years, explain the philosophy behind Chinese medicine, how it works and what it can do. Combining Eastern traditions with Western sensibilities in a unique blend that is relevant today, Between Heaven and Earth addresses three vital areas of Chinese medicine--theory, therapy, and types--to present a comprehensive, yet understandable guide to this ancient system. Whether you are a patient with an aggravating complaint or a curious intellectual seeker, Between Heaven and Earth opens the door to a vast storehouse of knowledge that bridges the gap between mind and body, theory and practice, professional and self-care, East and West.
"Groundbreaking . . . Here at last is a complete and readable guide to Chinese medicine."--San Francisco Chronicle
The Chinese approach to health and healing is a rich and complex tradition, encompassing disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of illnesses, as well as offering a holistic approach to mental health. More than a system of medicine in the Western sense of the term, the Chinese approach to health care reflects the Taoist belief in the importance of promoting balance and harmony in body, mind, and spirit. In traditional Chinese medicine, this goal is achieved through nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, massage, exercise, meditation, and other holistic methods that restore the natural patterns of the human system. This book is an accessible and highly readable introduction to all the major aspects of this vast tradition. Topics covered include: The foundation of traditional medicine in Chinese history The theory of chi (energy) and how it influences health The Chinese approach to health, happiness, and longevity The use of Chinese herbal medicine and herbal formulas Diet and nutrition as a form of preventive medicine Acupuncture, acupressure, and massage-including sample techniques for self-massage The practice of chee-gung, or "moving meditation," as a means of promoting good health Meditation and internal alchemy Suggestions for further reading and other resources
- A comprehensive and easy-to-read guide to healing with energy medicines that helps you to identify your ailment and to choose the therapy that will best promote healing.- A medical doctor with training in homeopathy, reflexology, and massage explores the multitude of therapies that use "energy" to heal common ailments. - Covers over 50 energy therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, craniosacral therapy, massage, and many more. The concept of energy is millennia old, understood throughout the ages in Eastern cultures to mean a force of vitality and healing--a person's chi or prana. Only recently has this ancient understanding of body energy become eroded in the name of scientific progress and modern medicine. But as self-healing power increasingly is proven to work at the energetic rather than the material level, and as illnesses are more commonly diagnosed as the imbalance of body energy, the field of energy medicine has become the most sought-after alternative to traditional Western medicine. In The Complete Book of Energy Medicines, Dr. Helen Dziemidko supplies us with a comprehensive look at energy medicines. She combines a medical doctor's scientific viewpoint with an exhaustive knowledge of energy healing methods--from acupuncture and yoga to Bach Flower therapy and homeopathy. With clear, accessible explanations, she guides the reader through over 50 complementary therapies and the 20 most common chronic ailments for which they are appropriate treatments. Easy-to-follow color flowcharts help readers identify their ailments and the possible causes, then show which energy medicines provide the best path toward healing.
Since ancient times dolphins have been known to uplift and inspire human beings through empathetic interaction. Cochrane and Callen review the myths, legends, and history of dolphins as well as current research, showing how close contact with these graceful mammals can trigger our inherent healing powers. In a rich and detailed study of dolphins, the authors explore the animals' life cycle, behavioral patterns, and methods of communication. They also give careful consideration to the well-being of the dolphins themselves, emphasizing that human/dolphin encounters should, whenever possible, occur in the animals' natural habitat and on their own terms.
The authors describe recent case studies confirming that such contact can enhance the learning abilities of the mentally handicapped, bring relief to the emotionally disturbed, and encourage recovery from life-threatening illness.
Thirty-two color photographs capture the exhilaration of swimming and interacting with dolphins.
Leading bioethicists and philosophers examine and debate the question of how the health care system should deal with using complimentary and alternative medicines. The distinguished authorities writing here both defend and criticize alternative medicine, with some arguing that the medical system should change substantially in order to accommodate alternative medicine, and others claiming that virtually all alternative treatments are worthless. In the heat of the debate many fundamental issues are raised concerning our health care system, among them the questions of therapeutic effectiveness, media truthfulness, the patient's freedom to choose among treatment options, health insurance coverage, the ability of the current healthcare delivery system to meet patients' needs, and government approval of alternative medicines.
The skills of the ancient Egyptians in preserving bodies through mummification are well known, but less recognized is their expertise in the everyday medical practices needed to treat the living. John F. Nunn draws on his own experience as a physician and Egyptologist to reassess the evidence on ancient Egyptian medical practices. Nunn has translated and reconsidered the original Egyptian medical papyri and has re-evaluated other sources of information, including skeletons, mummies, statues, tomb paintings, and sarcophagi.
Illustrations highlight similarities in the conditions of ancient and modern patients, and Nunn appraises the criteria ancient Egyptian doctors used to make their diagnoses in the context of current medical knowledge--showing that many of their findings are still valid today. He also explores ancient Egyptian spells and incantations and the relationship of magic and religion to medical practices.
Incorporating recent insights of modern medicine and Egyptology, Nunn provides readers with a comprehensive and authoritative book on a fascinating subject.
Do you find that you don't handle stress well and are frequently irritable?
Did you know the much-publicized low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet of recent years may actually be making you depressed and overweight?
And what are the hidden dangers of sleep loss and irregular schedules?
In Beyond Prozac, Dr. Michael Norden, a psychiatrist and pioneer in developing new applications of Prozac, explains how the toll of modern-day life has undermined our health and led to a national epidemic of depression, anxiety and weight problems. But there is hope. Based on seven years of groundbreaking research and clinical work, Beyond Prozac offers solutions to these chronic health problems that go beyond simply prescribing Prozac from incredibly effective alternative treatments such as light therapy, regulation of sleeping habits, and specialized diets to the next generation of safer and more effective depression medications. A decisive voice in the debate about depression, Beyond Prozac is a provocative and enduring classic in the modern literature about mental health.
Now revised and expanded to include the latest new information and research, Beyond Prozac gives you the inside scoop on:
- Powerful new antidepressants: Serzone, Wellbutrin and Remeron
- The surprising relationship between weather, brain chemistry and behavior
- New studies hinting that low serotonin is the norm, not the exception, and what this means for those seeking treatment
- What melatonin really can and can't do
- Depression, health and "The Zone" diet
- The latest all-natural treatments for depression: DHEA and St. John's wort
- Updates on Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox and more
A thorough, state-of-the-art overview of all current mainstream, alternative, and complementary methods of fighting cancer, this book is the companion to the four-part series of the same name, hosted by Walter Cronkite, airing on PBS-TV in September 1998.