This groundbreaking work explains and demystifies Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for western readers. Organized in three sections, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH provides the theory and origins of TCM, its unique psychology and healing models, and finally, treatments and practices, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, and diet. The lucid writing ...
This groundbreaking work explains and demystifies Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for western readers. Organized in three sections, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH provides the theory and origins of TCM, its unique psychology and healing models, and finally, treatments and practices, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, and diet. The lucid writing and the simple explanations of such esoteric Chinese concepts as the Five Elements and Meridian Theory will delight readers seeking an introduction to TCM. As healing methods differ in Eastern and Western countries, so do ideas about what "healing" entails. BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH explains that in TCM, healing is the process of bringing the body into balance and treating the whole person, in mind, body, and spirit. This differs from Western medicine, which focuses on symptom suppression and the attempt to aggressively eliminate pathologies. The authors are both experienced acupuncturists and herbalists, so their knowledge of the subject is exhaustive. Still, they acknowledge that Western techniques are valid and credible and explain how to integrate both healing methods into the reader's daily life. BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH is an excellent introduction and reference book for curious laypersons and experienced students.
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-04-26 For anyone seriously interested in learning about Chinese medicine, Beinfield and Korngold provide a comprehensive, though technical, look at it. The book is divided into three parts: theory; the psychology of Chinese medicine and therapy; and such treatment methods as acupuncture, herbs and diet. Licensed acupunturists, Beinfield and Korngold stress that the models of Eastern and Western medicine are significantly different. Consequently, so are methods, emphases and outcomes. Chinese medicine, they claim, readjusts the body's balance and enhances self-healing--while Western medicine, in contrast, stresses suppressing and eliminating pathological phenomena, and crisis-intervention. The authors don't discount the need, in some instances, for Western medicine. In fact, they bring this issue up poignantly with an event close to home: their son was born with a heart deformity that required specialized surgery. To help maintain his health, his parents incorporated herbal remedies in his diet. A particularly interesting concept is ``culinary alchemy'' or kitchen medicine, based on the Chinese tenet ``Who we are determines what is most beneficial for us to eat.'' The authors provide an extensive, cross-referenced compendium of herb names, as well as information on using Chinese patent medicines and formulas for general health problems. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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