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Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine


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Introduction. 1. How Did Chinese Herbal Medicine Develop? 2. What is it Like to Visit a Herbalist and Take Herbs? 3.Chinese Medical Theory. 4. Patients' Stories. 5. The Herbs and the Formulas. 6. How Can I Help Myself? 7. So How Do I Find a Herbal Practitioner? For Further Reading. Appendix: Professional Registers. Index.

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This book presents an authoritative introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese herbal medicine

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John Hicks is joint principal and co-founder of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. He has been a practising acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist for 35 years. John graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, in 1974, then underwent postgraduate clinical training in Nanjing in 1986 and trained in herbs with Ted Kaptchuk in 1987. He is author of several books on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and teaches herbs and formulae on the Chinese herbal medicine courses at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. He lives in Reading, UK.


This is a guide for anyone seeking Chinese medicine treatments. It explains how to find an herbalist and what to expect from consultation. Personal stories about patients' successful experiences demonstrate the potential of herbal healing. The theory, practice, and a little history of Chinese medicine are included, along with tips on improving general health. Important herbs and their properties are also briefly described. -- American Herb Association Quarterly
"Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine" by John Hicks, co-founder of Britain's College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, provides a compact, accessible introduction to this subject... Chinese medicine is based on whether or not the patient is in balance; imbalance leads to patterns of disharmony among the body's "organs," a term used in TCM to denote sets of interrelated energetic fuctions. Hicks explains this system in terms a reasonably educated layperson can understand... Chinese medicine is more than just a decidedly different approach to the body and its ills. This ancient healing system is relevant today because it still has much to offer people in need of healing. "Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine" can help you become an aware TCM patient. -- Energy Times
Curious about herbs or Traditional Chinese Medicine? This book answers questions for prospective patients as well as providing a succinct, interesting and easy read. It explains the principles and what to expect if you visit an herbalist, and provides easily usable information that will contribute to a broader understanding of your health. -- Greg Lampert, practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncturist and former director of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine herb course

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