Historically, the influence of Chinese medical traditions, thought to be revealed from divine sources, extended East to Korea and Japan and as far South as Indochina, the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian Archipelago. As the distinct medical traditions of these regions encountered the ancient medicine of mainland China, they absorbed and transformed them based on their own indigenous healing practices, and herbal and plant resources.
Providing a panoramic overview of the medical traditions of China, the Malay Peninsula, the Indonesian Archipelago, the Philippines, Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), Korea, and Japan, Dr. Marc Micozzi offers compelling new insights into the influence of the essentially Chinese expression of vital energy (qi) in these traditions, as well as the pull of other cultural traditions, such as those of India and Islam. Dr. Micozzi discusses evidence for the efficacy of these healing practices and their many influences in the West, and explores how a Western reader might consider seeking a practitioner, as well as effective treatments, from one of these traditions.
This groundbreaking book will be of interest to practitioners of Chinese and Asian medical traditions, and complementary and alternative health, as well as anyone with an interest in Chinese and Asian approaches to health and wellbeing.
'This clearly written overview will be appreciated by those seeking healing through Eastern traditional medicine, by guiding them to the best type for their situation. Dr. Marc S. Micozzi, founder and Director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, does an excellent job of describing different strains of Asian traditional medicine in a manner that is educated, informed, and fair... Micozzi's book offers a valuable basis for comparison of Eastern medical practices.'
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'The purpose of this co-authored book is to introduce traditional Chinese medicine and illustrate its influence on local medical traditions across the Greater China region... This book boasts valuable qualities such as clarity and brevity along with a rational and nonexalted approach to the subject, thus making it a reliable source of information about the healing practices "that really work". The authors have selected only "scientifically proven" therapies and methods as practised currently in Asia and as available in the West. The book should also be praised for how precisely it uses terms relevant to Chinese medicine and its local traditions... Overall, this book addresses the interests of a diverse public - readers who are interested in learning more about the concepts and practice
distinctive to Chinese medicine... the authors provide a helpful resource for scholars looking for a brief and professional introduction to the subject.'
- Ekaterina Zavidovskaya, Assistant Professor of Chinese Philology, St Petersburg State University
With: Kevin Ergil, Laurel Gabler
By (author): Marc Micozzi