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.
“This is the work of a clear mind. Informed by decades of experience and shining with a love of her subject, Angela Hicks has written the most lucid and accessible guide to Chinese medicine I have ever read. If you want to find out more about Chinese medicine but don't know where to start, start here.”
Daverick Leggett, author of Recipes for Self Healing
Angela Hicks qualified as an acupuncturist in 1976. She is co-founder and joint principal of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, UK, where she teaches and is a clinical supervisor. Angela is also a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine and regularly practices qigong. She is joint Chair of the Council of Heads for Acupuncture Courses (CHAC).
“As an introduction to Chinese Medicine and how it can help us, this book cannot be bettered. Angela Hicks writes with such clarity and lightness of touch that understanding the key aspects of Chinese Medicine and its therapies becomes an absolute pleasure. Her deep knowledge of the subject and a wealth of experience as a practitioner shine through the text, and her skilled use of patients' stories bring the information to life. The book is scholarly but very readable and comprehensive but clear and simple. If you are curious about Chinese Medicine, for whatever reason, this is the book for you.”
Dr Charlotte Paterson, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol