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Tui na: A Manual of Chinese Massage Therapy

by Sarah Pritchard

Tui na: The Chinese Massage Manual is a comprehensive and well established handbook for students and practitioners of Tui na in the West. The author describes the roots and development of Tui na, how it works therapeutically with the context of Chinse medicine, and how to become an effective Tui na practitioner. The book contains detailed and clearly illustrated descriptions of Tui na techniques, how to practice them, their clinical applications and therapeutic effects. Foundation area routines are provided to support the development and fluidity of manual skills and to give an initial structure for building treatments. The book has a unique approach to creating and planning Tui na treatments. Avoiding the prescriptive approach usually employed, the author discusses the principles of practice and enables the student practitioner to make choices and formulate treatments by bringing together their knowledge and skills. Frameworks are provided, and techniques, methods and approaches suggested for presenting patterns of disharmony within the treatment of common ailments. The book features - Over 120 photographs clearly illustrating the techniques - THe application of the ancillary therapies of cupping, gua sha and moxibustion - The application of external herbal media - `Tips for Practice' easy reference to support the learning of techniques - Case histories illustrating the treatment of common clinical ailments - Treatment foundation area routines - Yin and yang styles of practice - Demonstration of how to combine Tui na and acupuncture in practice - a related series of videos (available online) showing how to apply all the major techniques

Chinese Massage Manual: A comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to the healing art of Tui na

by Sarah Pritchard Li He

This comprehensive, introductory book covers the essentials of Chinese massage (Tui na), including the fundamental principles of Chinese medicine, and the 20 basic massage techniques. It also includes treatment advice for 12 common ailments, so that the reader can practice what he or she has learnt to good effect. The book covers: · Instruction on 20 specialized massage techniques · How to locate over 50 points to treat specific problems · How to combine massage with Qi Gong for maximum energy and wellbeing · Step-by-step treatments for common colds, lower back pain, sciatica and more · Clear photographs, diagrams and charts The author provides key information in clear, easy to refer to tables and diagrams, making this also an excellent reference for students, and practitioners of related disciplines.

The Way of the Five Elements: 52 weeks of powerful acupoints for physical, emotional, and spiritual health

by John Kirkwood

Framed within the context of the modern, everyday world, this book takes a refreshing, anecdotal stroll through the healing principles of Chinese medicine, looking at key acupoints for each week of the year. The author journeys through the seasons of the Five Elements and within them the physical, emotional and spiritual associations of key acupoints, exploring their names, functions, and intensely practical healing use in the real world. The acupoints range from the point that can help with your sense of smell, through to the Fire points that can help with a good sense of humour. With clear descriptions and images that express the spirit of the season, and photographs of the point locations, this book is perfect for anyone interested in a different view of the body and its healing relation to the seasons, as well as students and practitioners of Chinese medicine looking for deep and memorable insight into their work.

Cosmetic Acupuncture, Second Edition: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Cosmetic and Dermatological Problems

by Radha Thambirajah

A guide to the diagnosis and treatment of cosmetic and dermatological problems with practical instruction on how to perform treatment techniques. Thambirajah explains the energetic imbalances which cause skin diseases and the problems of early ageing, and describes how they can be treated successfully. Skin problems occur because the Blood, Qi, yin and yang of the body are not in balance and the book discusses how these can be balanced by acupuncture therapy. The therapy for a cosmetic problem has three steps: 1) to balance the body energies that cause the problem, 2) to treat the problem locally, 3) changing the diet and lifestyle of the patients with these problems. Concepts are accompanied with useful illustrations throughout, demonstrating the methods described. This second edition also contains new material on needling and massage techniques. This is a comprehensive and authoritative textbook on the topic for practising acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Principles and Practice of Homeopathy: The Therapeutic and Healing Process

by David Owen Peter Fisher Bob Leckridge

This comprehensive textbook provides a detailed, practical and thorough basis for the understanding and application of the homeopathic process. Drawing on the experience and knowledge of a wealth of contributors, the book offers the foundations for the safe and broadest practice of modern homeopathy. Divided into 6 sections, this book takes the understanding of homeopathy from basic principles to the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, the first prescription, and difficult, confused and hidden cases. Each section progresses through five themes broadly divided into philosophy, material medica, case taking, case analyses and case management. Each theme is woven together through the text and, section by section, builds into an essential study guide for the homeopathic student. It provides opportunities for reflection, and invites all practitioners to engage in their own personal and professional development.

Foundations of Theory for Ancient Chinese Medicine: Shang Han Lun and Contemporary Medical Texts

by Charles Buck Guohui Liu

Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun) and contemporary texts of ancient China form the bedrock of modern Chinese medicine practice, yet these classic texts contain many concepts that are either hard to understand or confusing. Based on over thirty years' medical practice, and study of the texts, this book explains the concepts involved so that the clinical applications of the ancient texts can be better understood and put into practice. The author looks at the larger context of ancient Chinese culture and philosophy in terms of theoretical knowledge, scholarly approach, and mindset in order to explain the basis for the medical texts. He also discusses the work of later Chinese medical scholars in elucidating the texts. He then goes on to look at more specific issues, such as the six conformations, zang-fu organ theory, the theory of qi and blood, the theory of qi transformation, and how these are understood in the ancient texts. He also discusses shao yang and tai yang theory; the element of time, and its place in understanding six conformations diseases. This remarkable work of scholarship will clarify many questions about the interpretation of the ancient texts for modern use, and will find a place on the bookshelf of every practitioner of Chinese medicine, as well as on those of scholars of Chinese medicine.

The Supreme Art and Science of Raja and Kriya Yoga: The Ultimate Path to Self-Realisation

by David Frawley Stephen Sturgess

Stephen Sturgess draws on decades of study and practice to present a comprehensive and engaging account of Raja and Kriya Yoga. These authentic forms represent true Yoga, and their practice provides spiritual seekers with the ultimate pathway towards self-realisation, inner freedom and ineffable peace and joy. The book begins by providing a complete view of Yoga and its spiritual dimensions, including an account of the history and philosophy of all Yoga traditions. It then covers Raja and Kriya Yoga in depth, with instruction on the asanas, breathing techniques and meditations of each tradition. With a glossary and an introduction to Sanskrit, this book provides everything a truth-seeker needs to embark on the journey to spiritual awakening. A complete guide to Raja and Kriya Yoga, this book is an incomparable resource that will be a valued addition to the shelves of yoga practitioners and yoga teachers as well as anyone with an interest in yogic or Vedic traditions.

Shen Gong and Nei Dan in Da Xuan: A Manual for Working with Mind, Emotion, and Internal Energy

by Dr Jwing-Ming Yang Serge Augier

The teaching and practices of the ancient Daoist tradition of Da Xuan have been kept secret for generations. In this ground-breaking book, Serge Augier, the current inheritor of the Da Xuan system, presents this unique approach to Daoism and reveals the basic principles and theory behind the practice of Da Xuan. Weaving a masterful presentation of both astonishing depth and refreshing simplicity, Serge Augier covers the Daoist practices for developing mind, emotions and internal energy and provides specific exercises for cultivating and transforming the Jing (body energy), Qi (life force) and Shen (mind or spirit) on the path to enlightenment. He explains theory and practice in clear, easy-to-understand terms and explores the deeper reaches of Daoist internal alchemy in a way that gives access to practitioners of all levels to the necessary knowledge.

The Active Points Test: A Clinical Test for Identifying and Selecting Effective Points for Acupuncture and Related Therapies

by Stefano Marcelli

The Active Points Test is a clinical instrument for identifying and selecting the points on the skin that are most effective for treatment. These points may be close to the seat of the disease, for example on the shoulder for periarthritis, or far away, for example on the ear or head for stomach pain or a cough. Drawing on principles from TCM and Western medicine, Dr Stefano Marcelli sets out the theory of the approach and offers detailed guidance on how to carry out the test and how to interpret the results, as well as explaining how the test can be used in different therapies. The test is based on the discovery that a patient experiencing an ongoing symptom can be made aware of the capacity of a few points on the skin to treat his or her discomfort. The test involves stimulating the skin to the appropriate degree whilst asking the patient to identify whether there is any change in the symptom he or she is suffering, and can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms, from articular pain to migraine, tachycardia, asthenia and depression. Published for the first time in 1995, this substantially updated edition contains the most recent supporting evidence and many new explanatory diagrams and photographs. Providing a comprehensive and effective system for point selection, this is essential reading for practitioners and students of acupuncture and related reflex and manual therapies, including massage, tuina, Shiatsu and Rolfing.

Standing Qigong for Health and Martial Arts - Zhan Zhuang

by Noel Plaugher

Standing qigong is a simple, effective form of exercise suitable for all ages that can increase health, balance and vitality. This complete and accessible guide introduces standing qigong for health and martial arts. Beginning with an introduction describing his own discovery of the practice and an exploration of the health benefits, the author provides detailed instruction on the basic health postures and the process for diaphragmatic breathing. The second part of the book focuses on the martial postures and provides guidance on the subtle variations of the movements that help to cultivate and strengthen healing and internal power. Practice sequences are also included to help readers get started immediately, including, in the third part of the book, the Xing Yi Five Element linking form. Easy-to-follow, and covering all the basics, this guide to standing qigong is perfect for anyone who is looking for ways to improve their health, or with an interest in the internal or martial arts, especially practitioners of Taiji, Qigong, XinYi, Bagua,YiQuan and yoga.

White Moon on the Mountain Peak: The Alchemical Firing Process of Nei Dan

by Damo Mitchell Jason Gregory

Explaining the process and energetics of Daoist internal alchemy, the author describes in detail the practice of Nei Dan, the alchemical firing practice of Daoism that has until very recently been a closely guarded secret. Drawing together a huge amount of esoteric material on the hidden aspects of Daoist practice, he presents theory and practice coherently for Western practitioners. He offers his own experiences of each stage of attainment, describing the tangible results that should appear, and provides guidance on the practicalities and potential pitfalls of alchemical training.

Dry Needling for Manual Therapists: Points, Techniques and Treatments, Including Electroacupuncture and Advanced Tendon Techniques

by Giles Gyer Jimmy Michael Ben Tolson

Designed to be a go-to reference for assessment and treatment planning in the clinic, this is a clear and concise handbook for students and practitioners of dry needling, or medical acupuncture. It includes: · Comprehensive medical illustrations demonstrating trigger point locations and associated pain referral patterns · Easy-to-follow instructions and photographs demonstrating musculoskeletal dry needling points and electroacupuncture techniques · Dedicated section on the acupuncture treatment of tendinopathy · Vital information on palpation and correct needling techniques · Practical guidance on best practice, safety and treatment planning · Overviews of the history and key principles of Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture · Up-to-date research on the effect of acupuncture in the treatment of MSK conditions, myofascial pain, trigger points (MTrPS), fascia and pain. The book will be an essential aid for osteopaths, physiotherapists, sports rehabilitators, chiropractors, massage therapists, as well as traditional acupuncturists wishing to understand a Western approach on acupuncture. Other health professionals incorporating, or looking to incorporate dry needling into their treatment programme, will also find this book an invaluable resource.

Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun): Commentaries and Clinical Applications

by Henry Mccann Guohui Liu

A major new translation of the Chinese classic Shang Han Lun by scholar and medical doctor Guohui Liu makes this foundational text fully accessible to English speaking clinicians for the first time. Extensive study and research underpins the translation; the author's understanding of both classical and modern Chinese enables him to interpret fully the ancient work within the theory of Chinese medicine. An extensive commentary explains the translation, the difficulties with the text, how it has been subsequently translated and expands on the theory laid out in the original text to reach an understanding that can be applied in the clinic for diagnosis and treatment. The value of this classic text lies primarily in its establishment of a basic framework for differentiation and treatment, but it also presents 112 formulas and 88 medicinal substances, which are commonly applied in clinical work for various conditions. In this edition, the 112 formulas are fully explained in the context of the clinical experiences of well-known ancient and modern doctors, and they are also laid out in two appendices, cross referenced to the text.

Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging

by Laurha Frankfort The Natural Healing Research Foundation Stephen Rath

Qigong is the centuries-old practice of moving vital energy (Qi) through the channels of the body, known as meridians, to promote vitality and health. Stephen Rath details current research and Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to show how Qigong practice can support cognitive functioning, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing, in people with dementia. Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging presents a set of accessible Qigong exercises and breathing techniques adapted specifically for older people who may be frail or have limited mobility, which address specific symptoms associated with dementia. These include exercises for the hands and feet, exercises for releasing emotions through the Five Animal Sounds, seated exercises, and facial exercises. The exercises, contributed by the Natural Healing Research Foundation from their Senior Exercise Class in Hawaii, are presented with clear explanatory illustrations. The final part of the book describes the Chinese understanding of nutrition as an essential underpinning of good health into old age, and provides health-giving food and drink recipes for people with dementia based on these principles. There is also a helpful chapter on practicing Qigong to protect against caregiver burnout. This will be an invaluable book for care professionals, nurses, activity coordinators, and physical therapists, as well as people with dementia and their families.

The Essence Practitioner: Choosing and using flower and other essences

by Tony Pinkus Sue Lilly

This practical handbook covers everything you need to know to use flower and other essences effectively with clients. Sue Lilly explains what is happening energetically when essences are at work and draws on her wealth of essence knowledge to provide guidelines on: · Assessing - techniques for testing clients · Choosing - how to select appropriate essences for a range of conditions · Using - new and innovative applications of essences · Creating - different methods of creating essences and guidelines for selling them · Expanding knowledge - how essences can be linked to chakras, meridians and subtle bodies and how this knowledge can enhance practice This comprehensive guide is ideal for any student starting out or any practitioner wanting to explore new ways of using essences.

Methodologies for Effectively Assessing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Research Tools and Techniques

by Shahar Lev-Ari Alison Trewhel Paul Lam Rhayun Song Peter W. Mccarthy Kevin W. Chen Katie Thirlaway Robert T. Mathie Sukhee Ahn Peter Herbert Andrew Flower Narendra S. Bhatt Beverly L. Roberts Liat Edry-Botzer Nicola Robinson Fan Qu Philip Harris Landis M.F. Vance Kenneth A. Leight Paul Kadetz Dr Megan Arroll Mark J. Langweiler, BA, DC, DAAPM Mariann Sisco Sefore Conti Akiva Vexler

Finding the right criteria to use when judging Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is essential if it is to stand up to criticism from those concerned about the importance of evidence-based medicine. This edited volume highlights how CAM requires different research tools and techniques from conventional medicine, and examines effective methodologies for accurately assessing CAM. Addressing a problem which is often cited as the reason for a failure to appreciate the potential in CAM approaches to patient care, experts from a wide array of CAM modalities suggest the most effective research methodology for each particular therapy and illustrate how a lack of adherence to that methodology produces a less effective assessment. Disciplines covered include Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine, craniosacral therapy, qigong and yoga. Providing direction in research and the best criteria to appropriately assess each discipline, this book highlights and responds to the issues underlying research in CAM. It will be of interest to anyone involved in CAM research, in addition to CAM practitioners and students, western medical practitioners looking to include CAM in their treatments, and anyone studying research design and methodology.

Yogic Cooking: Nutritious Vegetarian Food

by Thalia Prassa

Yogic cooking is nutritious, easy to digest and free of toxins, allowing you to improve your health, keep your body strong and facilitate spiritual revolution. The aim of yoga is to cultivate a physical, mental and psychic balance so that higher states of being can be experienced. This can be achieved through a balanced vegetarian diet that includes all the essential vitamins and minerals. With 56 delicious and easy-to-follow recipes, this book introduces the principles and practice of yogic cooking. There is an overview of the philosophy behind this traditionally vegetarian cuisine as well as dietary recommendations and guidelines. The recipes are perfect for all occasions, with appetisers, mains and desserts as well as sauces, soups and beverages. Recipes include courgette and potato mousaka, cauliflower pakora, dum aloo and warming Indian Chai tea. This cookbook will be an essential addition to the shelves of yoga students and teachers, practitioners of ayurvedic medicine, vegetarians or anyone interested in a vegetarian diet or the ayurvedic approach to life.

Stop Panic Attacks in 10 Easy Steps: Using Functional Medicine to Calm Your Mind and Body with Drug-Free Techniques

by Sandra Scheinbaum

This step-by-step guide to preventing panic attacks provides simple strategies for stopping a panic attack on the spot and overcoming them in the long-term. Sharing her personal and professional experience of panic and anxiety disorders, clinical psychologist Sandra Scheinbaum presents tried-and-tested methods, including new cutting-edge approaches based on functional medicine. You will learn how to: - Understand what panic attacks are and recognise symptoms - Trust your body's own calming methods to control panic without the need for medication - Find your abdominal breath and relaxed breathing patterns - Let go of clenching and muscle tension through relaxation exercises and postural awareness - Use positive mental imagery and avoid irrational thinking - Find deep belly laughter, even in the midst of a panic episode - Eat well with calming foods and advice on supplements. The ten easy steps in this book will help readers to control their fight or flight response and overcome panic attacks naturally and permanently.

Aromatherapy vs MRSA: Antimicrobial essential oils to combat bacterial infection, including the superbug

by Maggie Tisserand

Addressing the challenge of serious infection, especially MRSA, in hospitals, in the community, and in animals, Maggie Tisserand focuses on the scientifically proven effects of antibacterial essential oils, and their usefulness in managing infection, including the 'superbug'. She profiles the key essential oils - tea tree, manuka and thyme - covering everything from habitat, chemistry and commercial uses to the latest scientific research that proves their effectiveness against bacterial infection, and how they should be used. She also includes information about other methods that have been shown to help with the management of acute infection, including allicin from garlic, silver, manuka honey and phage therapy. Breaking new ground in the field of essential oils, this scientifically based but accessible book will be essential reading for aromatherapists, health professionals and everyone interested in effective ways in which to combat infection and stay healthy. With the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the danger of bacteria staying alive on surfaces and clothing, it is in the interests of every therapist and practitioner to be aware of these threats and instigate preventative measures.

Learning to Cope with CRPS / RSD: Putting life first and pain second

by Karen Rodham

With the help of this compact guide, anyone suffering from CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) (also known as RSD - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) will better understand their condition and cope with the reality of living with it. Prof Karen Rodham draws on a wealth of clinical experience to give tried-and-tested practical advice for managing this very complex and debilitating syndrome, about which very little is understood by the medical community at large. Ten first-hand patient accounts of living with CRPS illustrate just how wide-ranging the impact can be physically, socially and emotionally, and what has helped on an individual basis. This book's hands-on guidance will be of great help to people diagnosed with CRPS and show family and friends how they can best provide support. It is also an essential resource for health psychologists working with CRPS patients.

Getting Better at Getting People Better: Creating Successful Therapeutic Relationships

by Noah Karrasch

What is it that really gets people better? With practical information on how to support clients' healing processes, this book helps practitioners across a wide range of physical and medical therapies, as well as psychotherapists, to improve their practice and get better at what they do. Getting to the core of true healing, Noah Karrasch explores the essentials of effective practice that apply across all healing modalities and expands on a four step formula based on these essentials: caring about patrons, providing a safe setting, communicating with clients, and encouraging their participation in their own healing. The book also discusses the practitioner's self-understanding and self-healing work as a vital part of becoming a better provider of health and healing, and Karrasch presents a model of communication focused on recognising which of four centers (head, heart, gut, or groin) both practitioners and their clients operate from to strength ties between healing partners. Revealing the fundamentals of effective practice drawn from a wide range of therapies, this book provides practical advice, as well as points of reflection, for all those seeking to deepen their therapeutic practice.

Qigong Through the Seasons: How to Stay Healthy All Year with Qigong, Meditation, Diet, and Herbs

by Ken Cohen Ronald H. Davis

Within the holistic framework of the Daoist way, Ronald H. Davis provides a comprehensive and straightforward guide to the principles and practice of actively living in harmony with the seasonal energetic changes throughout the year. The program focuses on the importance of Qigong, meditation, and diet to support good mental and physical health. The author includes clear explanations of the theory underlying this approach to a healthy life, including the Five Phases of Change (Five Elements) of Chinese Medicine, the body's Qi system of channels and reservoirs, and the concept of chronobiology. For each season he provides a Qigong specific for the season, meditations, herbal information, and dietary recommendations with simple recipes to support the functions of the organ in focus in that season. This accessible program of Qigong for the seasons will be of interest to anyone seeking a healthy life, students of Qigong at any level, and the seasonal emphasis makes this an excellent quick reference for Qigong teachers.

The Book of Games and Warm Ups for Group Leaders 2nd Edition

by Leo Rutherford

Based on Shamanic principles and the philosophy that laughter and play are basic human needs that feed the soul and unleash natural creativity, the tried, tested and proven activities in this book can be used with all ages. They are helpfully split into different sections, covering everything from warm-up games to verbal improvisation games, theatre games and warm-downs. Drawing on decades of experience in this substantially revised and expanded new edition, the author shares the games, improvisations and dance structures that he has found most effective in his work as a group leader and participant, and includes tips throughout on how to be a good facilitator and run a successful group. With lists of resources, including a musicography, the book is an inspiring and practical resource for anyone running a group.

On Being a Five Element Acupuncturist

by Nora Franglen

What does it mean to 'be' an acupuncturist? How does a highly experienced acupuncturist view her practice, her patients, and the world in general? Based on her widely-read blog about the wholeness of life as a Five Element practitioner, Nora Franglen's breadth of interest shows how the curiosity and life experiences of the individual lie at the heart of what makes a true acupuncturist, over and beyond the necessary knowledge and expertise in the technicalities of practice. From her penchant for coffee shops to reflections on challenges she has experienced in the clinic, Nora illustrates how the Five Elements influence, illuminate and, ultimately, enrich all aspects of her life, and vice versa. With reflections gathered from over several years of posting linked by Nora's commentary, this diary is truly enlightening reading for anyone interested in the inner workings of a practitioner at one with her craft.

Zero Balancing: Touching the Energy of Bone

by John Hamwee Fritz Smith Gina Michaels

The definitive guide to Zero Balancing brings this increasingly popular therapy to life. It contains a clear description of the anatomy and physiology of energy which leads on to a compelling explanation of how and why this form of bodywork can have such powerful effects. Throughout, there are illustrations which convey the unique energy of a Zero Balancing session and John Hamwee provides fascinating examples of clients, their experiences and the outcomes of the work.

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