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An innovative, deeply researched history of Chinese medicine in America and the surprising interplay between Eastern and Western medical practice Chinese medicine has a long history in the United States, with written records dating back to the American colonial period. In this intricately crafted history, Tamara Venit Shelton chronicles the dynamic systems of knowledge, therapies, and materia medica crossing between China and the United States from the eighteenth century to the present. Chinese medicine, she argues, has played an important and often unacknowledged role in both facilitating and undermining the consolidation of medical authority among formally trained biomedical scientists in the United States. Practitioners of Chinese medicine, as racial embodiments of "irregular" medicine, became useful foils for Western physicians struggling to assert their superiority of practice. At the same time, Chinese doctors often embraced and successfully employed Orientalist stereotypes to sell their services to non-Chinese patients skeptical of modern biomedicine. What results is a story of racial constructions, immigration politics, cross-cultural medical history, and the lived experiences of Asian Americans in American history.
The book is intended to increase the awareness among physical therapists and other bodyworkers of the significance of fascia in the conditions they treat. It presents an approach developed by the author from the basis of manual therapy for the articular, muscular and neural systems. In the world of orthopaedic physiotherapy, the use of manual therapy techniques has become increasingly evidence-based, and study after study shows its efficacy along with exercise therapy for the management of the most common orthopaedic conditions. However very few physiotherapists have written about the fascial system, and there is a general ignorance within the profession of what fascia is, how it relates to the techniques they use, and why it is important to their work. The book follows the principles of assessment and treatment of the fascial lines as described by Tom Myers in his book Anatomy Trains. This book is probably the first to be written about fascia from the perspective of a physiotherapist. As practitioners dealing with musculoskeletal pain they often find that no matter what they have tried in their existing 'tool-kit', it hasn't had the positive effect they are seeking. They may also be experiencing situations where clients are complaining of multiple areas of pain that don't correspond or fit into the paradigms that physiotherapists are familiar with, even as fully trained manual therapists. What they may be missing is the fascial component. This book will introduce them to it. The book is user-friendly for the practitioner, with a minimum of theory and an emphasis on practical applications.
Drawing on ancient documents from China and Tibet, archaeological findings and cultural relics, this illustrated handbook presents authentic Qigong forms from the Warring States period right up the late Qing dynasty of the early twentieth century. Twenty-six sets of pictures relating to Qigong, Daoyin, diet and living habits are included, each set introduced with a brief overview of the origin, development, changes and practice modes of each method. Presented in chronological order, each chapter describes the source from which the exercises are derived, and then provides a description of the ancient form, its health and other benefits, uses, and how to do it, together with drawings of the original illustrations where these exist, or line drawings of the movements described where the original text was not illustrated. The forms are easy to learn, and easy to do, providing also a direct link to the authentic ancient forms. The selection focuses on the forms oriented to achieving resilience and general good health, but also includes many simple ancient Qigong forms for particular health problems, ranging from fatigue, indigestion and headache, to more serious conditions such as rheumatism, and even typhoid and cholera. Qigong forms directed towards the more esoteric outcomes of Qigong practice are also included. This valuable resource includes over 700 illustrations, and will be a treasure trove for all practitioners and students of Qigong, as well as anyone interested in the history of the Oriental internal arts.
***This paperback edition has a new introduction by the author and
In this gorgeous, full-color illustrated guide, "fashion's favorite healer" (Vogue) teaches you how to use baths to relieve stress and depression and soothe common aches and pains. Ritual Baths shows you how to use common crystals, herbs, and flowers in your bathtub to achieve inner peace and spiritual wellness. A blend of ancient traditions and contemporary self-care methods, this indispensable handbook, packed with more than 250 color photographs, provides helpful advice and sixty bath recipes, organized by aura color, including: Awareness Wolf Bath Empath Bath Hope Bath I am Nature Bath Be My Own Healer Bath Love of My Life Bath Ally Bath Healthy Boundaries Bath Warrior Bath Find My Purpose Bath My Gut Bath Confidence Bath Deborah Hanekamp leaves no crystal unturned and no restorative plant unused. She teaches you about auras, touches on phases of the moon, explains crystal and herbal magic, and provides an encyclopedia of ingredients that addresses each element's healing properties. We all want to achieve wellness and live our best lives. Ideal for anyone interested in natural healing and alternative medicine, as well as everyone looking to integrate beautiful and accessible self-care practices into their daily routine, Ritual Baths shows you how to create your own medicine and transform your bathroom into a unique healing space.
Based on Five Elements theory, this practical, fully illustrated guide to performing facial enhancement acupuncture (also known as cosmetic acupuncture, facial revitalisation or facial rejuvenation acupuncture) shows in detail the acupuncture points, techniques and equipment used in this procedure. Facial enhancement acupuncture targets points and muscles of the face in order to improve the elasticity of the skin and general overall appearance, as well as addressing constitutional points on the legs, arms and body to balance and harmonise the inner elements. The author clearly explains the rationale behind the needling of each face and neck point, which are shown in colour illustrations. He also discusses the advantages of acupuncture over surgical intervention in dealing with wrinkles and sagging jaw lines, and a chapter is included on discussing treatment with prospective patients, follow up and after care. As well as significantly improving the cosmetic appearance, facial acupuncture also has a strong whole body effect on the health and wellbeing of the person treated, and has a long and distinguished history in Chinese medicine. The book is the perfect introduction for acupuncturists and acupuncture students who want to learn how to incorporate this alternative to surgical procedures into their practice.
Cannabis has been one of the most popular psychoactive herbs across the world, from ancient civilizations to today. With the legalization of cannabis across the United States, there's never been a better time to learn about its history, many uses, methods of use, effects, and strains, as well as its impact on entertainment and culture. Within the pages of this pocket-sized guide, you'll find information, how-tos, and trivia for cannabis users at all levels. The cannabis-curious and cannabisseurs alike will learn: How to Roll a Joint/Cone How to Do a Bong Hit How to Dab How to Grow in Legal Environments How to Buy from a Dispensary And more! Handy, pocket-sized package is perfect for gifting or self-purchase Affordable price point Next instalment in the hit STUFF series 2/c interior
This book presents the clinical experiences of homeopaths working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) around the world, exploring the outcomes that are being achieved in practice. Anecdotally, homeopathy has been found to be helpful for managing aggression, improving physical health problems and enhancing overall wellbeing in some children and adults with autism. This will be compelling reading for homeopaths, other healthcare professionals, teachers, parents and all those who come in to contact with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
How can Qi offer you the means, tools and will to live a life of balance? Explaining what Qi is, where it comes from, how we use it, and how we can cultivate it in order to achieve wholeness and balance, this much-needed book combines knowledge and practice to explore all aspects of Qi, including its modern, everyday implications. The book not only covers the history of Qi, but also demystifies the vital philosophies and practices surrounding it. Filled with valuable information on how to recognise and cultivate Qi in order to increase your energetic capacity and return to a more efficient physical, emotional, and psychological state, it also illustrates Qi's central importance in meditation, Taiji, Qigong, and other Internal Arts practices that focus upon its vitality. The author also offers instruction on a number of methods for opening the energy gates of the body to cultivate Qi.
Alternative medicine (AM) is hugely popular; about 40% of the US general population have used at least one type of alternative treatment in the past year, and in Germany this figure is around 70%. The money spent on AM is considerable: the global market is expected to reach nearly US $ 200 billion by 2025, with most of these funds coming directly out of consumers' pockets. The reasons for this popularity are complex, but misinformation is certainly a prominent factor. The media seem to have an insatiable appetite for the subject and often report uncritically on it. Misinformation about AM on the Internet (currently about 50 million websites are focused on AM) is much more the rule than the exception. Consumers are thus being bombarded with misinformation on AM, and they are ill-protected from such misinformation and therefore prone to making wrong, unwise or dangerous therapeutic decisions, endangering their health and wasting their money. This book is a reference text aimed at guiding consumers through the maze of AM. The concept of the book is straightforward. It has two main parts. The first, short section provides essential background on AM, explaining in simple terms what is (and what is not) good, reliable evidence, and addressing other relevant issues like, for instance, the placebo response, informed consent, integrative medicine, etc. The second and main part consists of 150 short chapters, topically grouped and each dedicated to one single alternative therapeutic or diagnostic method. In each of them, seven critical points are raised. These points relate to issues that are important for consumers' decisions whether it is worth trying the method in question. Restricting the discussion to just seven points means that issues must be prioritized to those themes which are most relevant in the context of each given modality.
The healing properties of colour and light have been recognised since ancient times; today colour therapy techniques are used to great effect in a range of complementary therapies and for personal wellbeing. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to colour healing and offers step-by-step instructions for treatment. The opening chapters provide an overview of the science behind light and colour, and a brief history of colour healing from Ancient Greece to modern day. The characteristics of different colours are then given, as well as an explanation of how each colour relates to particular body parts and the major and minor chakras. The core of the book offers a complete treatment programme, teaching diagnostic techniques and a variety of approaches including healing with prana energy, healing with touch, healing with a colour therapy instrument, and absent healing. With useful illustrations and diagrams throughout, this book will be an essential guide for colour therapists, colourpuncture practitioners, kinesiologists, reflexologists and energy healers, as well as anyone with an interest in the restorative power of colour.
For millennia, people have used essential oils for health and wellness--and this authoritative illustrated guide shows you how to use them, too! Essential oils have wide-ranging healing powers, and this comprehensive handbook explains how we can take full advantage of these natural wonders. It covers all the different grades of oil, which ones are safest, and how and when to use them. In addition, there are expert recipes for combining oils and specific advice on ways they can alleviate allergies, coughs, and colds; aid with weight loss and digestion; help with skin disorders, wrinkles, and acne; relieve insomnia and headaches; balance hormones; and even act as a bug repellent.
This is a concise guide to foot and hand massage for enhanced health and wellbeing, shown in over 200 photographs. It describes a complete healing session on the hands and feet with step-by-step routines. It is complete with detailed maps of the body's reflex points and zones. It includes specially devised sequences to energize or relax the body, alleviate stress, relieve pain and aid restful sleep. It recommends easy and effective treatments for common ailments, including colds, headaches, tension and nausea. Our hands have always been a means of caring and comforting, and using our hands to release tension in our bodies is something we do instinctively. In reflexology, you can use your fingers to apply pressure to certain points on the feet, or sometimes on the hands. The word 'reflex' means to reflect, and the pressure points on the hands and feet reflect all the parts of your body, both internal and external. This book explains how reflexology works, and includes step-by-step techniques. It contains sequences to boost energy levels, relieve different types of pain, relax muscles and improve immunity, making it the ideal guide to enhancing your physical and mental health.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, qigong, tui na massage and diet therapy have been used by the Chinese for over 2000 years, and they are still the treatments of choice for millions of people throughout the East. Now, Westerners are becoming aware of the many benefits of these potent therapies and the popularity of Chinese medicine is spreading rapidly. Covering everything from the basic theory of Chinese medicine to how to find a practitioner, the book provides a definitive introductory guide to this ancient system. It includes explanations of each of the five therapies and their unique benefits as well as patients' first-hand experiences. With advice on choosing the right treatment, and comprehensive sections on useful addresses and further reading, the book provides everything readers need to know about Chinese medicine at an introductory level. A practical handbook that provides all of the essential information, this book is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to find out more about Chinese medicine, whether as a treatment option or for general interest.
Herbs are quite literally everywhere; it is only our ability to recognise their value that has been lost. Vicky and Kim explore the traditional uses of herbs combined with a modern and scientific understanding of a truly holistic approach so that you can use herbs to treat ailments and improve your general wellbeing. The book contains fascinating information about herbs and with suggestions of what each herb can be used for. Did you know that daisies infused in oil can be used to reduce bruises? That roses can help grieving and anxiety? Or that elderflower cordial can bring down a temperature? There is also an introduction to each of the body's systems (nervous, respiratory etc.) and which herbs are best for treatments. And of course, the book is peppered with vinegars, balms, oils, tinctures, creams, lotions and syrups to create your own little herbal health kit. Vicky and Kim also encourage people to reconnect with their local environment in addition to growing herbs in their gardens or windowsills. An all-encompassing guide for the beginner, The Handmade Apothecary is filled with guidance, useful tips and tried-and-tested recipes that will inspire people to make their own remedies. Also by Vicky Chown and Kim Walker: The Herbal Remedy Handbook
The graceful joint-relaxing dance-like exercises of Da Wu, an ancient qigong, are presented here with step-by-step explanations and photographs illustrating each movement. Recorded in ancient documents, Da Wu lays stress on flexing movements and the rotation of joints throughout the body to help improve health and wellbeing. This book explains the practice, and explores the origins of, this easy-to-learn qigong, which has its roots in ancient China. The main section of the book features a fully illustrated step-by-step guide, with additional learning tips for each movement, and information about the health benefits. In addition, an accompanying DVD features a video demonstration of Da Wu and additional information on its history and origins, and a CD provides options for verbal instructions to lead the practitioner through the exercises, or music to accompany them. This practical book provides a complete introduction to this beneficial and easy qigong form for practitioners of all levels, including beginners, and will be of special interest to anyone interested in the ancient qigong forms.
New in the popular For Health series, a guide to the affordable, all-natural healing, wellness, and beauty benefits of baking soda. Baking soda has been a kitchen staple for generations, but its uses extend far beyond cookie recipes and as refrigerator deodorizers. With its adsorptive and alkaline properties, baking soda is the perfect natural remedy for numerous health and beauty needs. Recent medical studies continue to reveal how baking soda contributes to good health by combatting chronic diseases, including cancer and kidney disease. It also provides all-natural relief for common ailments like the flu, coughs, sore throats, urinary tract infections, muscle pain and fatigue, stomach pain, and heartburn. Plus, baking soda can treat skin irritations, bug bites, and sunburn and naturally prevent body odor. Similar to apple cider vinegar, baking soda is an affordable, all-natural, non-toxic cure-all for body and home. Its all-natural beauty uses are renowned and widely celebrated and can whiten teeth, brighten and exfoliate skin, reduce acne, cleanse hair, treat split ends, soften feet, remove stains from fingernails, and more. With Baking Soda for Health, you will discover all the benefits this all-natural powder can bring-without dangerous chemicals or costly procedures.
Bach flower remedies are natural medicines derived from flowers that have the power to bring balance back into our lives. This concise introduction is designed to help you start using the remedies for yourself. The book covers the nature and history of Dr Bach's famous system, with many case histories and examples to illustrate how it works. A complete list of remedies is included, along with useful information about how they are made, and a full description of the emotional states that they can help. There are also clear instructions describing how to select and take remedies as well as information on finding a good practitioner. This practical and accessible guide is ideal for anyone interested in using Bach remedies. Students and practitioners will also find it to be a useful reference, and a perfect introduction to recommend to clients.
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A practical companion for students and practitioners of five element acupuncture that helps stimulate thoughts, refresh memories and strengthen the foundation of practice. With detailed outlines of the different components of five element diagnosis and treatment and overviews of the main characteristics of the five elements, this complete manual will support and invigorate practice. Full of examples, it explores the skills and techniques needed to nurture patient-practitioner relationships, assess patients correctly, select appropriate treatments and needle the points effectively. The book also includes a Teach Yourself Manual to further refresh understanding of this ancient form of healing. This comprehensive handbook will be of immeasurable use to students and practitioners of five element acupuncture, as well as those who are interested in studying acupuncture and want to know more.
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