Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine

Book Description

Completely and thoroughly revised, The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide on the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in the synthesizing of Western and Eastern healing practices.

Book Info
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. Including reviews of scientific developments in the study of acupuncture and herbal medicine and a discussion of the possible adverse effects of these therapies. Previous edition: c1982. Softcover.

Classic?, August 19, 2000
Reviewer:Phylis Wheeler, LAc (Granada Hills, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This book is considered required reading for every acupuncture student and is often recommended for patients who are interested in learning more about the medicine. I find it too difficult for the layman. and the text becomes laborious. Exploring the wonders of Chinese medicine should be exciting and enjoyable. There are many books which fulfill this with excellent illustrations. As students we found the book less than helpful and few ever finished reading this tome. As a practitioner, it sits on my shelf, but I have never referred to it.
My recommendations for the beginner in these studies are:
1. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine by Tom Williams
Great pictures, easy to read. Have it my waiting room. Most read by my patients (next to the Chinese astrology books).
2. The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness by Mischa Cohen, LAc
Mischa presents the medicine clearly and has easy to follow suggestions for self care.
3. Healing With Whole Foods, Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitcford<
Integrates Oriental and Western nutritional knowledge. Excellent resource for layperson and practitioner alike.
4. ANYTHING by Giovanni Maciocia or Dan Bensky
5. A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman and Mazin Al-Khafaji
As a professor of acupuncture, I have found this textbook to be one of the best attempts to integrate all of the translated material and organize it into a very readable reference. Excellent, invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike.

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