Chinese Health Secrets Review
Chinese Health Secrets is the latest in a series of books written on the subject of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It provides a thorough review of the whole subject matter and myriad complexities of Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM ) with a different emphasis. This book is extremely informative for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and seasoned medical practitioners. In fact, this book serves as a very good learning tool for medical students as well.
This is an essential guide for all those who seek to live a harmonious life. The main theme of Chinese health secrets is to unify a people by uniting their minds, bodies, and hearts. The book consists of eighty-six pages of text, including ten full-color Illustrations, nine pages of text, fifty-one keys, and three poems. The ten pages of Illustrations present beautiful color pictures that depict each principle of harmonious living that is taught throughout the text. Some of these illustrations include: the dragon and monkey, the boat and sail, the yin-yang symbol, nature, filial pao, harmonious mountain, waterfalls, the tiger, mouse, yang, Yin energy, and the complete universe.
This is a comprehensive guide that contains the complete range of knowledge on Chinese medicine, especially applicable to those practicing TCM. Some key topics that are covered in this book include: The origin and role of Qi, why Qi is important, general health and illness, body maintenance and fitness, detoxification, pain relief, fertility and maturation, body cleansing, Qi flow, feng shui, alternative and complementary medicine, alternative medicines and treatments, family medical history, treating cancer, body organ systems, revitalizing the mind/body and improving ones memory, home remedies, alternative therapies and natural medicines, body temperature regulation, the five elements, Chinese astrology, the structure and function of the meridians, traditional chinese medicine, herbal cures, tiac moxabane, tiac therapy, traditional chinese health secrets, and healing without drugs. The book also includes TCM medicinal prescriptions and Chinese healing methods. It is an excellent resource for professionals in the medical profession who require continuous training for their profession.
The book is organized into eight chapters and then includes the complete reference section with Chinese medicine and herbs, history and principles, TCM medicinal prescriptions, Chinese healing methods, relaxation techniques, herbal cures and formulas, basic Chinese medicine, alternative therapies and methods, and harmonious living as part of one’s culture. The editors provide an introduction to Qi and its significance to Western medical practices and then go into the topics of general health and illness, body maintenance and fitness, detoxification, pain relief, fertility and maturation, body cleansing, Qi flow, feng shui, alternative and complementary medicine, and revitalizing the mind and body. There are eleven Illustrations throughout the text that illustrate Chinese medicinal herbs and Chinese herbal cures. The authors describe how to use Chinese herbs and TCM formulas and then conclude with a short discussion on harmonious living.
The eight chapters cover the fundamental concepts of both traditional chinese and western medicine with a healthy diet as the starting point, Qi patent medicines, harmonious living as a key concept, traditional chinese healthcare, Qi awareness as a key concept, Qi Gong and qi master training, researching traditional chinese medicines and herbal cures, and finally the basic concepts used by Chinese healthcare professionals. It touches on topics such as evaluating the quality of life, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, family healthcare, basic medical care, nursing care in China, medical research and development, medical ethics, research methodology, practice standards of traditional Chinese medicine, quality improvement and statistical data collection. There are no chapters on pharmaceutical drugs or industrial chemicals found in this book. This is an excellent reference for medical professionals in the field of healthcare. The book is by far the best introduction to the concepts and uses of Chinese medicinal herbs that I have seen in any literature on healthcare education and practice.
The book’s introduction addresses potential concerns about the lack of research methodology and ethics in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The authors rebut the common claims that these secrets are unsafe or even dangerous. The introduction also briefly discusses the history of Western investigation of Chinese medicine and the original publications from the Qing Dynasty which describe the concepts and strategies used to develop Chinese medicine. The book then reviews the key issues regarding the use of herbals in the practice of TCM and how these secrets have been incorporated into modern formulations.
The main focus of this book is the introduction of Qi, the vital force that lies within and independent from everything else. This force is what determines our physical capabilities, energy levels, immune system, cognitive ability and other basic things. This is also what underlies all the claims of Traditional Chinese Medicine to improve your health through the improvement of your Qi and its ability to support your body. The book reviews the history and development of this concept in relation to medical practices in both western and traditional china. The book closes with a short note on reading different herbs as well as some important information on how to use herbal preparations correctly.
I found that this was an interesting and engaging book on a topic that is so important to the world that it cannot be left out of the mainstream of healthcare discussions. I also enjoyed the easy to understand format of the text and the overall tone of the book. The simple account of how Chinese herbal medicines have been incorporated into western medicine in the form of formulas for routine treatments makes this book justifiably an important resource for those interested in the history and development of this unique medical tradition. For the readers who do not have a background in traditional chinese medicine or in TCM, this text will shed some light on the different theories and ideas related to the practice of TCM and its relationship with Western medical practices.