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Books

GENERAL TITLES

Ted Kaptchuk
The Web That Has No Weaver
Contemporary Books, 2000
Comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. Includes theories, techniques, and reviews of scientific developments in the study of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and more, with a discussion of the possible adverse effects of these therapies.  Kaptchuk also examines how Chinese healing can be brought together with western medicine.

Giovanni Maciocia
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists
Churchill Livingstone, 1989
Complete text that is especially helpful for students of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Nigel Wiseman and Andrew Ellis
The Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine
Paradigm Publications, 1995 (rev.)
For those who are interested in a more direct translation from the Chinese, this textbook translates the classic medical textbook, Zhong Yi Ji Chu Xue.

Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac. and Efrem Korngold, L.Ac., O.M.D.
Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
Ballantine Books, 1992
Written by two long-time practitioners, this book is one of the most readable and thorough books available on TCM.  Within this comprehensive guide is an excellent overview of the five element theory, which the authors call "five-phase archetypes." The section includes case histories and a questionnaire to help readers figure out their type.

Achim Eckert, M.D.
Chinese Medicine for Beginners: Using the Power of the Five Elements to Heal Body and Soul
Prima Publishing, 1996
Written by a western medical doctor who has studied both conventional and alternative practices, this book explains the benefits of Eastern medicine and its mind/body/spirit approach.

David Eisenberg, M.D.
Encounters with Qi: Exploring Chinese Medicine
W.W. Norton & Company, 1995
Another book written by a western-trained physician, Eisenberg recounts his experiences of learning from numerous Chinese practitioners and lay people about qi, Chinese TCM clinics, acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet and massage.

Nigel Wiseman, Andrew Ellis, Ken Boss, and Robert Felt
Grasping the Wind
Paradigm Publications, 1989
This book gives insight into the complexities of Chinese medicine, discussing difficult concepts such as the energetic point system, the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of Chinese medicine, and the source, theory, and classical energetic anatomy and physiology..

ACUPUNCTURE

George Soulie De Morant and Lawrence Grinnel
Chinese Acupuncture
Paradigm Publications, 1994
An outstanding description of both the theory and practice of acupuncture.  This book is widely recognized as one of the best, most detailed, and most practical of clinical texts.

Peking Staff Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine
An Outline of Chinese Acupuncture
LAU's Company, 1989
An excellent book on acupuncture, produced by the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Nigel Wiseman, Ken Boss, and Andrew Ellis
Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture
Paradigm Publications, 1991
This text presents a thorough view of classical acupuncture alongside the modern approach. The authors have applied a precise method of translation, providing consistent information, in a systematic arrangement.

THE FIVE ELEMENT THEORY

Dianne M. Connelly, Ph.D.
Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements
Traditional Acupuncture Institute, 1994
Connelly provides one of the most readable and in-depth discussions of Five Element Theory. In addition to a thorough description of the five elements, Connelly explains how they are applied in a section on examination and diagnosis. She describes several case studies and vignettes, one with a detailed example of a patient interview.

Kikko Matsumoto and Stephen Birch
Five Elements and Ten Stems: Nan Ching Theory, Diagnostics and Practice
Paradigm Publications, 1983
This clearly written book, based on the classic Chinese texts, explains the five element (or five-phase) theory and applies it to diagnosis and treatment.

TONGUE AND PULSE DIAGNOSIS

Bob Flaws
The Secret of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis
Blue Poppy Press, 1997
Flaws, a highly regarded Western practitioner of TCM,  explains how to do Chinese pulse diagnosis, which is one of the four main methods of diagnosis in TCM.

Giovanni Maciocia
Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine
Eastland Press, 1995
This book provides a good history of the Chinese system of tongue diagnosis, with a clear explanation of how the Chinese diagnose conditions. The book includes excellent photos to illustrate what is meant by the variety of tongue conditions, such as pale, red, or swollen.

Li Shi Zhen
Pulse Diagnosis
Paradigm Publications, 1985
Translated from the ancient classic Chinese text, Bin Hu Ma Xue, this text develops each of the basic pulses and their combinations, explaining the essentials of pulse diagnosis: depth, position, relation to areas of the body, seasonal variation, and organ relationships. The four principal pulses are detailed and explained and the variations of each are described.

CHINESE HERBS

Hong-Yen Hsu and Associates
Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide
Keats Publishing Inc., 1986
A comprehensive and more scientifically-oriented reference on Chinese herbal medicine.

David Molony and Ming Ming Pan Molony, O.M.D.
The American Association of Oriental Medicine’s Complete Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine
Berkeley Books, 1998
A thorough guide for the layperson, this book covers the basics and theories of herbal medicine, how they are used in treatment, and specific formulas and suppliers.  Includes an alphabetized list of illnesses that can be treated with Chinese herbs, a glossary of common terms, a list of reputable suppliers, and more .

Dan Bensky and Randall Barolet
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies
Eastland Press, 1990
This book serves as a well-written and readable reference guide to traditional Chinese herbal formulas that have been translated and compiled by the authors. Contains a good explanation of the functions of herbs and common conditions they treat.

Warner J.W. Fan, M.D. and Kendra Crossen
A Manual of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Principles and Practice for Easy Reference
Shambhala Publications, 1996
A good reference covering both the diagnosis of conditions and therapy with Chinese herbs. Dr. Fan covers important basic concepts as well as causes of disease, classification of symptoms, methods of diagnosis, preventive measures, 342 formulas for common compound drugs, and more.

Jake Fratkin
Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas
Shya Publications, 1985
A concise guide to both pill and extract remedies, this book includes a section on the recommended dosages for various herbs. A good book for students.

Daniel P. Reid
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Shambhala Publications, 1992
Reid’s book serves as a brief, but good guide to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions using Chinese herbs.

Ron Teeguarden, Xu Guo-Jun, Zhou Zhen-He
Radiant Health: The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs
Warner Books, 1998
Teeguarden uses his more than 20 years of experience to explain the theory and art of herbal medicine, including an explanation of the five elements, yin-yang properties, and the mind/body connection. The book is easy to read and includes a rating system for herbs according to their various properties (antioxidant, organ support, etc.)

MASSAGE

Maria Mercati
The Handbook of Chinese Massage: Tui Na Techniques to Awaken Body and Mind
Healing Arts Press, 1997
Mercati provides a good introduction for health practitioners to the Chinese form of massage called tui na, with clear illustrations and photos. Mercati relates the practice of tui na to the five elements.

Sarah Pritchard
Chinese Massage Manual: The Healing Art of Tui Na
Sterling Publications, 1999
Pritchard’s book provides a more theoretical orientation to the history and practice of tui na.

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming and Alan Dougall
Chinese Qigong Massage: General Massage
Ymaa Publications, 1992
An introduction to an ancient Chinese healing technique provides an overview of qigong theory and the history of its use in Chinese medicine before demonstrating techniques of self-massage and massage with a partner. Includes 500 photos and color drawings.

DIET AND EXERCISE

Henry C. Lu
The Chinese System of Food Cures
Sterling Publications, 1986
Uses the theories and fundamentals of Chinese medicine to explain why certain foods are good or bad for you.

Bob Flaws
The Tao of Healthy Eating
Blue Poppy Press, 1998
A good overview to the Chinese dietary beliefs, this book covers such topics as digestion, food choices, raw vs. cooked foods, and allergies.

Garri Garripoli
Qi Gong: Essence of the Healing Dance
Health Communications, 1999
Many books have been written on the practice of Qi gong, but Garripoli’s book discusses its origins and foundations in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The book also includes Qi gong exercises.

Hong Liu
The Healing Art of Qi Gong: Ancient Wisdom from a Modern Master
Warner Books, 1999
Liu provides an inspirational account of his journey in becoming a Qi gong master.


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