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Chinese medicine has a rich history that has only been made more complex by its integration with `Western' biomedicine. Legitimization of Chinese medicine in biomedicine-dominated health systems, such as that in Hong Kong, has posed significant issues. This anthology of articles explores relevant social issues related to various Chinese medicine treatments, including acupuncture and medicinal oils, as well as insight into practitioner licensing and public perception. Each chapter tackles a topic related to the complicated process of legitimizing knowledge and power within a specific social and historical context. Written by professors and researchers with extensive knowledge of Chinese medicine, government regulation, and sociology, this collection provides an overview of the challenges and current social context of Chinese medicine that affect students and practitioners of Chinese medicine, health and para-health biomedical professionals, and patients alike. Traditional Chinese Medicine is the first book in the Mediated Health Series, which focuses on the effects of media, lifestyle, doctor-patient communication, and the economy on health and aims to help inform medical decisions and enhance the wellbeing of individuals.
The body can heal itself. Spontaneous healing is not a miracle but a fact of biology--the result of the natural healing system that each one of us is born with. Drawing on fascinating case histories as well as medical techniques from around the world, Dr. Andrew Weil shows how spontaneous healing has worked to resolve life-threatening diseases, severe trauma, and chronic pain. Weil then outlines an eight-week program in which you'll discover:
Food is our most powerful medicine. This outstanding book introduces and teaches us how to apply the ancient wisdom and traditions of the healing that comes through food according to Chinese medicine. You'll be introduced to a new way of not only thinking about yourself but what you need to eat to achieve balance and ultimately improve your health. Ellen provides a keen and comprehensive understanding behind the basic principles of Chinese medicine so they can be easily applied to our day-to-day lives. She then takes these same concepts, expands on them and applies to the food we should be eating in order to maximize the tenets of Chinese dietary therapy. Eating well is essential to good health and Chinese medicine believes that food truly is medicine. In an easy-to-understand and straightforward manner, Ellen explains how and which combination of foods and flavours act upon the body to move qi (which is energy) and how they act on the body to warm or cool. Many of the modern day chronic health problems caused by lifestyle, genetics and stress can be helped by distinctive and long lasting changes in the way we eat. 150 enticing recipes organized by season help you easily put the theory of Chinese medicine into practice. You'll be able to put together meals that are appropriate for each season from breakfast to dinner and including beverages and desserts. All the recipes are super straightforward, easy to assemble and easily adapted to met your needs, desires and tastes. You'll soon be on your way to utilizing the principles you've learned and applying where they count most - in your kitchen.
Ayurvedic Healing presents the Ayurvedic treatment of common diseases, covering over eighty different ailments from the common cold to cancer. It provides a full range of treatment methods including diet, herbs, oils, gems, mantra and meditation. The book also shows the appropriate life-style practices and daily health considerations for your unique mind-body type both as an aid to disease treatment and for disease prevention. This extraordinary book is a complete manual of Ayurvedic health care that offers the wisdom of this ancient system of mind-body medicine to the modern reader relative to our special health concerns today. The present edition is an expanded version of the original 1989 edition, covering additional diseases and adding new treatments.
This book is perfect for those interested in sustainability, natural products and mindfulness. It's all about taking the time to create your own homemade products, from facemasks to floor polish and from medicinal honey to massage oil. Taking inspiration from her grandmother's generation, Rebecca Sullivan has put together this thoughtful and appealing manual to caring for yourself and your home. Traditional methods are resurrected or updated to suit the modern home, using simple, natural ingredients. The first part of the book is dedicated to the Home, and covers cleaning products for every room, recipes for pickles and preserves, and tips on everything from natural laundry treatments to how to grow your own cocktail garden. The second part covers Health & Beauty, and includes bath salts, make up, serums, perfumes and even beard oil, as well as healing remedies such as burn salves and herbal teas. This inspiring guide is a must for anyone interested in living a simpler, more purposeful life.
Home Brewing Just Got Easier and More Exciting with 1-Gallon Recipes Amber Shehan makes home brewing a breeze for beginners and experts alike with smaller 1-gallon (3.8-L) recipes that reduce the time, money and energy needed to create delicious brews all year long. Enjoy the nuanced flavors of homebrews like tart Orange-Hibiscus Cider, palate-cleansing Peppermint Wine or soothing Vanilla Bean and Chamomile Mead. As an herbalist, Amber showcases her knowledge of culinary and medicinal herbs, wildflowers and plants in this incredible collection of deliciously infused brews that are both intoxicating and tonic. Rosemary and Clementine Mead is the perfect refresher for a warm summer evening and Spiced Pomegranate Wine will warm you right up on the coldest of winter days. With inventive, potent recipes and all the brewing know-how you need to get started or build your skills, Artisanal Small-Batch Brewing is your go-to guide for creating memorable brews beloved by all.
With 18 states that have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, more Americans are curious about medical cannabis: How can it help me? What illnesses does it alleviate? How do I procure it? "The Medical Cannabis Guidebook: The Definitive Guide To Using and Growing Medicinal Marijuana" is the most exhaustive guide to medicinal cannabis produced to date, with information regarding the types of illnesses and diseases that can be helped by cannabis, real case studies from medical users, grow information, legal advice, and more. With many recipes for extracts, descriptions of administration techniques, and discussions of the therapeutic uses of cannabis throughout the ages, "The Medical Cannabis Guidebook" serves as a handbook for cannabis use and also allows patients to make and grow their own medicine, prepare it in the correct way for their specific illness, dose correctly, and educate themselves so they can make their own informed choices. An indispensable guide for anyone needing medical cannabis, anyone curious about its uses and even long time users looking to get the most out of their medicine, this book is the only true medicinal cannabis handbook on the market today written by two world renowned and respected cannabis experts.
This fully illustrated guide to modern acupuncture technique explores the foundational skills of the craft from a primarily energetic perspective, showing how perfecting these skills can have a profound effect on the practice of Chinese Medicine. The goal is for the clinician to be able to fully grasp what they are doing on the channels and the tissues with each of the classic manipulation techniques in a way that has hitherto been unexplored in technique textbooks, which tend to focus on the simple mechanics of technique. Organised around the structure of an actual patient encounter, the book begins with the basics of needle selection, moving through patient and practitioner position, to insertion, and then on to the various mechanical actions taken on an inserted needle, ending with the withdrawal of the needle. The skills discussed and described in this book can help expand any acupuncturist's practice through their application. Further advice and information is provided through supplementary online video demonstrations.
After decades of misinformation about cannabis largely due to the well-funded propaganda campaign in the 1930s, public attitudes toward the drug have finally begun to evolve. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana and since then, 28 other states, 2 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Now countless patients are reaping the benefits of this amazing resource which has been used to effectively treat everything from chronic pain to debilitating illnesses. In The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health, Dr. Patricia Frye takes a direct, no-nonsense approach to educating readers about cannabis and its medicinal qualities. After having retired from medicine, Dr. Frye was offered an opportunity to practice cannabis treatment. Intrigued, she educated herself on this emerging alternative and is now ready to share with others what she has learned. In this book, using humorous and touching stories from the many situations she has encountered in her practice over the years, Dr. Frye provides valuable information about the undeniable medicinal qualities of cannabis. This book helps to de-stigmatize this misunderstood drug and educate readers on the history of cannabis and how it is used by the medical community today. This is an accessible, enjoyable resource that will not only entertain readers, but may change their lives for the better.
You can spice up your cooking when you learn how to grow, dry, store and use over 100 herbs and spices! Herb and Spice Companion is your ultimate guide for using fresh and dried herbs and spices in the kitchen. Inside this handy book, get descriptions of more than 100 herbs and spices from around the world. Discover useful tips on storing and using spices to create innovative combinations of flavors. This is the essential guidebook to using herbs and spices to add flavor and depth in your cooking. From basil to beebalm, from lavender to lemon verbena, learn all of the interesting aspects of your herbs, including their rich history, how to grow, harvest, and dry them, and even their unique medicinal uses. This is a must-have for anyone's cookbook library.
Simple, Safe, and Effective Herbal Remedies for Women
For centuries women have turned to herbs to cope with a wide variety of health problems and conditions. Comprehensive and easy-to-use, Herbal Healing for Women explains how to create remedies -- including teas, tinctures, salves, and ointments -- for the common disorders that arise in the different cycles of a woman's life. Covering adolescence, childbearing years, pregnancy and childbirth, and menopause, Rosemary Gladstar teaches how herbs can be used to treat the symptoms of conditions such as acne, PMS, morning sickness, and hot flashes. A complete women's health-care manual, Herbal Healing for Women discusses:
* common disorders and the herbs that are effective for treating them;
By explaining the properties of specific herbs and the art of preparation, Rosemary Gladstar demonstrates not only how to achieve healing through herbs but good health as well.
Take a tour of India in your kitchen with this simple and easy-to-follow Indian cookbook! Regional Indian Cooking celebrates the cooking styles and regional specialties of the five principal regions in India-North, South, East, West and Central-each with a distinctive geography, lifestyle and culture. In keeping with the Indian philosophy of balance and the ancient principles of Ayurveda, author Ajoy Joshi makes it easy for cooks of all abilities to prepare unusual and delicious Indian dishes using only the freshest ingredients and spices that promote health and well-being. Each of the 120 recipes is presented in simple steps with helpful suggestions for tasty meat or vegetarian menus serving up to eight. Authentic Indian recipes include: Spiced Spinach (North) Chicken Biriyani (South) Shrimp Balchao (West) Homestyle Meat Broth (Central) Mango and Pistachio Ice Cream (East) Each region's cuisine has highlights to offer the home cook, from mouthwatering marinated kebabs of the north to the hot and spicy curries of the South. Emphasis on different ingredients distinguishes the East, with its use of mustard oil and curry leaves, from the abundant seafood and coconut-rich dishes of the West. The journey ends with the subtle melting pot of Central cuisine, which blends the best of the surrounding regions with centuries of global influence, and comes closest to defining Indian food around the world.
This is an easy-to-follow guide to the ancient Indian system of health and diet by body type, with over 150 photographs. You can learn how to understand and use the ancient Indian healing system to promote spiritual harmony and physical health. You can discover your body type - Vata, Pitta or Kapha - and how to maintain complete well-being through diet, massage, herbs, crystals and exercise. It includes step-by-step sequences for crystal infusions, massage techniques, and tonics recommended to restore the body's balance. It is a fascinating introduction covers the origins of Ayurveda, its influence and the different branches of Ayurvedic medicine. It offers advice on Ayurvedic self-help in the home with treatments for common ailments, such as insomnia, headaches, colds and skin problems. The traditional healing system of India, Ayurveda is increasingly popular throughout the world. Literally translated, it means 'life knowing' or 'science of life', and is one of the oldest recorded health practices still used today. It is a complete health system for mind, body and spirit. Rather than treating symptoms, it treats the whole patient, working holistically to prevent and treat disease. This accessible book explains how you can discover your body type and how the elements express themselves within you. It then takes you through the dietary requirements, massage techniques and appropriate oils, herbs, crystals, gems, exercise and tonics recommended for each body type. Whether you are looking for a complete holistic healing system or simply need to regain a sense of balance and harmony, this is the ideal guide to using and understanding the powerful system of Ayurvedic medicine.
We may all know that dandelions make us wet the bed, and that stewed prunes are a cure for constipation, but how many of us were aware that a poultice of chicken manure is a remedy for baldness? Or that eel liver will aid a difficult labour? The woman healer is as old as history. For millennia she has been doctor, nurse and midwife, and even in the age of modern medicine her wisdom is handed down in the form of old wives' tales. Using extensive research into archives and original texts, and numerous conversations with women in city and countryside, Mary Chamberlain presents a stimulating challenge to the history of orthodox medicine and an illuminating survey of female wisdom which goes back to the earliest times. What are old wives' tales? Where do they come from? Do they really work? These questions, and many more, are answered in this fascinating compendium of remedies and cures handed down from mother to daughter from the beginning of time.
Ayurveda is about achieving a physical & spiritual balance through a number of means, including yoga & diet. This all-vegetarian cookbook based on Ayurvedic traditions features nutritious recipes that appeal to particular doshas - which are one's personal constitution based on physical and mental characteristics.
Just as alchemists transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, with this book you can transform everyday herbs and spices into effective healing herbal remedies. Rosalee de la Foret, a clinical herbalist, examines the history and modern-day use of 29 herbs, offering clinical studies to support their healing properties. She also dives into the energetics of herbalism, teaching readers how to match the properties of each plant to their unique needs, for a truly personalized approach to health. The recipes in this book take a variety of forms - from teas and pastilles to beauty products and delicious foods - to show how easy it is to incorporate the healing power of herbs into your everyday life. You could start your day with Spiced Cold Brew Coffee, pamper your skin with Green Tea and Rose Facial Cream, make a meal of Astragalus Bone Broth and Sage Chicken, then treat yourself to Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake and a Holy Basil-Ginger Julep. Beautiful photos taken by the author of the herbs and recipes complement each chapter. This book will appeal to those interested in natural health and herbalism, and the recipes offer an easy entry for beginners. Readers will never look at cinnamon, coffee, parsley, lavender or even chocolate the same way again, as they realize the kitchen can be their medicine cabinet!
San Pedro, a visionary and hallucinogenic brew derived from the mescaline-based Trichocereus pachanoi or 'cactus of vision', is one of Peru's most important and powerful teacher plants. For thousands of years this brew has been drunk by spiritual seekers and those who need healing, and it has cured a wide variety of physical problems, including cancer, diabetes, paralysis, and pneumonia, as well as emotional and psychological issues such as alcoholism, heartbreak, and grief. Those who work with it say San Pedro brings us closer to God. Remarkably, however, while other South American teacher plants such as ayahuasca have been well reported in the literature, there has been no book specifically written about the shamanic use of San Pedro - until now. "The Hummingbird's Journey to God" provides wisdom for the whole of mankind.
This book examines the use of herbal medicine in the treatment of intractable diseases as well as common health problems. Given the stringent quality control of herbal medicine such as Kampo and reproducibility of preclinical findings, together with overall fewer adverse events, its attractiveness continues to rise, and multi-component herbal medicine capable of targeting multiple sites can be useful for future drug discovery. Written for the Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology series, this collection features practical advice for hands-on work in this exciting and expansive field. Authoritative and easily applicable, Herbal Medicines: New Horizons summarizes the current state and translational aspect of herbal medicine in modern society in order to help establish a rational therapy for patients.
Outcome-Based MassageTM: Putting Evidence into Practice (3rd edition) goes beyond an update of the content of the second edition. In this book, Dr Andrade and a team of contributors who represent the fields of massage therapy, physical therapy, athletic training, education, psychology, medicine, and physiology take the student or practicing clinician to the next level of using Outcome-Based Massage TM in daily clinical practice. This edition enhances and builds upon the strengths of the first two editions as follows: * Fully updated chapters provide a comprehensive approach to assessment, treatment design, and treatment delivery * Streamlined presentation of theory and practice enhances the teaching and learning experience * Quick Treatment Guides provide a colorful, immediate reference for anatomy, pathophysiology, impairments, and wellness goals for 16 musculoskeletal conditions * New section on the scientific basis of soft-tissue examination provides students and practitioners with the very latest understanding of the emerging body of knowledge in this field * Review sections in each chapter provide Takeaways that summarize key concepts, critical thinking questions, and clinical cases that illustrate the practical application of the concepts discussed in the chapter * Precise, instructive photographs and videos give students and practitioners clear, direct guidance for using the techniques presented in this text
Choosing the foods and herbs that are right for you is essential to achieving and maintaining good health. Over thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has accumulated knowledge about using foods and herbs therapeutically, providing a natural way to boost energy and immunity, extend longevity, enhance beauty, reduce toxins, regulate mood and treat other health conditions, externally and internally. This book will help you put the wisdom of TCM to use, guiding you with case studies, treatment details, recipes and illustrations. Inside you'll find practical and easy-to-understand information about: Assessing your body constitution The features of food according to TCM Customizing your selection of foods and herbs Using food to treat or prevent health problems Improving your appearance and mental outlook This book also features a handy chapter on nearly 90 functional foods and herbs. Arranged alphabetically, with quick facts and photos, this resource will help you plan your strategy for healthy living by using foods and plants specifically suited for your body, lifestyle and goals. Let TCM help you better understand your body and show you how to make the choices that are best for you!
Author Devon Young - founder of the natural living blog Nitty Gritty Life - educates readers on how to make tried-and-true remedies using herbs that grow naturally in their backyards or neighbourhoods. Readers learn how to safely identify and forage for healing plants growing wild, or how to cultivate them easily in their yard (or even on a windowsill or balcony). Herbalism has gained popularity in recent years as more people turn to alternative and holistic health methods for natural healing - sans medications - with a hands-on approach. Those just starting out and experienced herbalists alike will enjoy learning about the healing properties of commonly found herbs such as burdock, comfrey, rosemary, dill, milk thistle, chickweed, dandelion and nettle. Each herb features a recipe that readers can make right away, such as Working Hands Salve, Antioxidant Facial Serum, Dandelion Digestive Bitters, Pleasant Dreams Incense and Gut Healer Tea. Readers become empowered to formulate their own home remedies safely and confidently to hone their practice. This book covers 50 herbs with 50 recipes and more than 100 photographs.
This book is going to introduce about more than 300 Chinese medical substances with illustrations and botanical pictures, including information on the Source, Explanation of Name, Habitat, Collection, Processing, Properties, Entered Channels, Characteristics, Actions, Clinical Applications, Dosage & Administration, Cautions & Contraindications, Ingredients and Pharmacological Research.
Make trips to the pharmacy a thing of the past! Did you know pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties? And peppermint can relieve a headache? Or that you can alleviate joint pain by massaging specific points on the wrist? From a mild headache to crippling arthritis, pain is part of our everyday experience. But you don't have to reach straight for the medication. This book is your indispensable guide to relieving pain the natural way, using a wide variety of methods including: Breathing and relaxation techniques Diet Yoga Massage Herbal poultices, balms, compresses, teas, and rubs And more! Featuring key insights into understanding pain and why we feel it, plus scientifically proven techniques that can help to make it go away, this essential handbook is your painkilling arsenal for combating a whole range of common ailments.
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