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    specific book recommendations?

    Hi All,

    Can anyone recommend a particular book that's a good overview of TCM theory & practice? I've seen lots of them in various bookstores & I'm just looking for a little help separating the wheat from the chaff. I have a basic knowledge of the principles already so I'm looking for something that's aimed beyond pure beginners & those with only casual interest. Thanks for all replies.

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    the web...

    Actually, I too, have a burgeoning interest in TCM. My good friend Legbone recommended a book called The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted J. Kaptchuk... an excellent overview and sufficient detail of TCM.

    Otherwise, I like to check the local used bookstores for TCM textbook discardings. I've found some real jems - sometimes they're a bit advanced for me, but as I learn more, the gaps (mostly between my ears) begin to fill in.

    good luck

    herb ox

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    Hmmm

    Herb Ox is sooo right here. Ted Kaptchuk's book is probably gonna be he best lay-man's book any one could ask for on a well founded introduction into TCM.
    He has been throughout his career totally top notch and this one book will prove it too.

    Give it a go and will get to see a manageable and substantial window into TCM old and new.
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    Smile

    I found a little book titled "Secrets of Energy Work" That has good information on meridians, organs, ect. It is by Paul Brecher.
    Its definately not a complete reference guide, but I found it pretty helpful. Peace and love

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    A Brief History of Qi
    Zhang Yu Huan & Ken Rose
    ISBN 0-912111-63-1
    2001
    Paradigm Publications
    44 Linden Street
    Brookline, Massachusetts 02445

    Its the best book I've come across dealing with the complexity of Qi in all major aspects of Chinese culture including medicine.

    It seems that in Chinese medicine, everything starts with understanding qi from the perspective of the East before we try to reduce it to a Western paradigm. This book is just excellent.
    "Its better to build bridges rather than dig holes but occasionally you have to dig a few holes to build the foundation of a strong bridge."

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    I recently enrolled in a chinese med school and in the introductory course there are 2 main books. One is that "web that has no weaver" and the other is "Acupuncture and Moxibustion"

    The ISBN for the 2nd one is 7-119-01758-6

    You can find cheap books at www.bestbookbuys.com

    You can search by title, author, ISBN etc...
    I got the "web no weaver" book on there for like 10$ !! The Acupuncture one is a huge book, 45$.

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    Hey, thanks everyone. I plan on picking up one of these books, probably Kaptchuk's, & reading it on my upcoming trip to Thailand . Should be a nice compliment to my study of Thai massage.

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    The 4th English edition of "Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion"

    New acupuncture textbook marketed in U.S. as needle technique becomes popular
    Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-15 04:52:47|Editor: xuxin


    Acupuncture experts unveil the fourth English edition of "Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion" in Maryland, the United States, on Sept. 14, 2019. The new edition of a widely-received international acupuncture textbook was marketed in the United States on Saturday, offering a long-awaited tutorial for the growing number of acupuncture practitioners in the country. (Xinhua/Zhou Zhou)

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The new edition of a widely-received international acupuncture textbook was marketed in the United States on Saturday, offering a long-awaited tutorial for the growing number of acupuncture practitioners in the country.

    "Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion," initially edited by the late Chinese acupuncture master Cheng Xinnong, included, in its fourth English edition, treatment techniques for more common diseases for modern people.

    Also, it was more integrated with World Health Organization medical standards in describing the locations and structures of acupoints, the specific points on the body where a needle is inserted, said Cheng Kai, an editor of the new book and professor in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, at the launching ceremony.

    Allyson Wilson, an acupuncture therapist, told Xinhua that "it is the basic in the United States you have to read to begin understanding the traditional Chinese medicine."

    Acupuncture, which has been practiced in China for thousands of years, is being increasingly embraced by patients and doctors in the United States. There are about 38,000 licensed acupuncturists and more than 60 authorized acupuncture schools in the country.

    Megan Haunges, administrative dean of New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, told Xinhua that the new edition would be helpful to the new generation of students who came from all walks of life. Haunges' school taught 200 students including physical therapists and nurses.

    Now, the U.S. medicare and medicaid are looking to acupuncture as a way to address the opioid crisis in the country, according to Haunges. The United States is seeking non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain management and addiction, and the acupuncture is one of the most promising therapies.

    "The acupuncture is becoming better known and integrated into the general health care, like the cancer hospitals," said Wilson, who taught 150 students at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Florida.

    Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it improves conditions ranging from back pain to nausea and even depression, insomnia, and infertility, according to the Center for Integrative Medicine at University of California, San Diego.

    Cheng Kai, the grandson of Cheng Xinnong, also gave a lecture on Saturday on the ongoing two-day seminar where nearly 100 acupuncture therapists from across the country joined to learn the needle techniques.

    Acupuncture has shown effectiveness in treating emotional, metabolic, degenerative, neurological, digestive and reproductive system diseases, according to Cheng.

    At the U.S. Center for Chinese Medicine in Maryland, Cheng demonstrated how to stick the needle tips into the proper depths to solve shoulder and back problems, and how to use a Virtual Reality system to improve acupuncture teachings.



    Cheng Kai (2nd L), an editor of the new book "Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion" and professor in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, demonstrates the needle therapy at an acupuncture seminar in Maryland, the United States, on Sept. 14, 2019. The new edition of a widely-received international acupuncture textbook was marketed in the United States on Saturday, offering a long-awaited tutorial for the growing number of acupuncture practitioners in the country. (Xinhua/Zhou Zhou)
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