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Seven Peppercorns
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"Seven Peppercorns" covers the vast scope of traditional Thai medicine practices including: Thai element theory, physical therapies, medical Buddhism, herbal medicine for massage, divinatory practices, and spirit medicine; all held within the context of a Thai bodyworker's instructional manual. This is not another step-by-step Thai massage photographic sequence book, but rather an in-depth training in the theory behind the steps, with instruction in a wide range of esoteric Thai physical therapies designed to bring practical understanding of Thai bodywork as it is practiced by traditional doctors in Thailand. "Seven Peppercorns" is divided into twelve main segments; each segment containing several chapters. The organizational flow takes the reader from introduction, overview and history, through an understanding of Thai anatomy, including element, point, and sen line theory, to instruction in Thai diagnosis, actual physical manipulations and practical application of the shamanistic and Buddhist components of traditional Thai medicine as it applies to bodywork; all in an easy-to-follow well organized format. Included in this guide are Thai self care practices and exercises as well as treatment guidelines for specific disorders. "Seven Peppercorns" serves as both an instruction manual and a reference book fully annotated with appendixes, notes, glossary, bibliography and index. The straightforward academic informational writing is gentled with moments of conversational author-to-reader comments (often humorous), and peppered with short personal narrative stories that bring the reader into the sensory tapestry of Thailand. It is intended as a stand alone manual, or as a text book for Thai massage instructors to use in classes.
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Section One - Getting Started 1. History of Traditional Thai Medicine 2. Overview of Traditional Thai Medicine 3. Figureheads of Traditional Thai Medicine 4. Thai Healing Arts Wai Khru Ceremony 5. Guidelines for Traditional Thai Medicine Practitioners Section Two - Thai Anatomy & Physiology 6. Thai Element Theory 7. Organs and Elements 8. Thai Theory of Bodies 9. Thai Energy Centers 10. Khwan (Life Force) 11. SEn (Pathways of Movement) 12. Layers of the Physical Body 13. Release Points 14. Wind Gates 15. Jit Jai (Mind Heart) Section Three - Disease and Imbalance 16.What Healthy Looks Like 17. Causation of Imbalance 18. Pathways of Disease 19. Elements Out of Balance 20. Diagnosis Section Four - External Therapies (Bodywork/Massage) 21. Overview of Bodywork 22. Basics 23. Techniques: General 24. Techniques: The SEn 25. Techniques: Points and Wind Gates 26. Techniques: Using Tools (Cupping, Scraping, Tok SEn...) 27. Bone Setting 28. Balms, Liniments and Oils 29. Injuries and Conditions 30. Massage For Balancing Elements 31. Prenatal Thai Massage 32. A Bit More Section Five - Thai Herbology and Internal Medicine 33. Tastes 34. Medicines Section Six - Divinatory Medicine & Spirit Medicine 35. Divination in Medicine 36.Spirit Medicine Section Seven - Buddhism in Traditional Thai Medicine 37. Introduction to Buddhism in Medicine 38. The Story of the Buddha 39. Buddhism and Disease 40. Application Of The Dharma to Traditional Thai Medicine Section Eight - Lifestyle and Diet 41. Advising Those We Help 42. Lifestyle and Dietary Guidelines for Elemental Balance Section Nine - Reusi Da Ton: Thai Self Care 43. Reusi Da Ton Section Ten - Common Ailments and Traditional Thai Medicine Treatments 44.Diseases 45. Injuries 46. Conditions Section Eleven - Back Matter

About the Author

Nephyr Jacobsen is the founder and director of the Naga Center, School of Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine. A writer of articles and curriculum on Thai medicine and massage, Nephyr divides her time between Thailand and Portland, Oregon. For more information visit her website: www.nagacenter.org

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