With doing this blog, my dinning room is starting to look like this. Piles of books here there and everywhere. Today is the day I need to relocate back upstairs to my desk……….. but first I’ll just have a nose through some, purely for sharing.
All these books lying around (and being used I might add) got me thinking…………… for the uninitiated in Chinese medicine are there books I would actually recommend to start people off.
These are in no particular order of favouritism
Wood becomes water, Chinese Medicine for everyday life by Gail Reichstein. The author manages to explain the elemental cycles of life with simplicity in this book. It has aspects of acupuncture, Feng shui, Qi gong, nutrition and meditation which is how it applies to everyday life. I got my copy of this as a student and today still refer to it for it’s little gems of knowledge. All in all it is a very easy read and I believe (I hope you agree) it is a good starting place for a novice.
Fertility Wisdom. How Traditional Chinese medicine can help overcome infertility by Angela C. Wu, Catherine Anttila and Betsy Brown. For those interested in being more involved in their fertility issues this has some useful information. My one criticism is that I am not convinced detailing acupuncture points and actions is particularly necessary for non-practitioners.
Between heaven and earth, A guide to Chinese medicine by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold. This is a favourite of mine since early student days. It has a bit more depth about the elemental side of Chinese medicine and how that impacts on us. By enlightening the reader more on the subject then with this greater understanding the reader can become more actively involved in the healing process. Overall a good insight into what we refer to as 5 Element acupuncture.
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. This has been on my bookshelf since my early twenties for me there’s no better introduction to Taoism than this little number. This is a definite dip in and out one.
Archetypal Acupuncture, Healing with the Five Elements by Gary Dolowich. I love this book and the way the author speaks of the circle of energies and stages of life. Essentially it is wrapping up psychology with acupuncture, not a bad mix at all.
No doubt other practitioners will have their favourite books which they recommend, we would be delighted to post them on here too.
Meanwhile I have ahemmmmmm like 15 books to shift upstairs. Speaking with colleagues it would appear to be an occupational hazard that as acupuncturists we all seem to love our Chinese medicine books. Right best crack on and get tidying.