Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
This groundbreaking work explains and demystifies Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for western readers. Organized in three sections, BETWEEN HEAVEN ... Show synopsis 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.