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The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding…

The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine

by Ted J. Kaptchuk

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Kaptchuk writes a fascinating introduction to Chinese medicine. More than just a clinical analysis of acupuncture and herbal treatment, Kaptchuk describes the entirely different, more holistic, worldview of a Chinese physician.

As a patient who has received some relief for chronic migraine through herbal and acupuncture treatment, this book was totally intriguing. ( )
  patl | Feb 18, 2019 |
An introduction to what is obviously an extremely complex system of thought developed through centuries of observation and practice. Makes the important point that Chinese and Western categories of illness are based on almost entirely different assumptions about how the body functions. Does note some similarities to the system of humors that prevailed in the West from Greek times to the Enlightenment. It is important to note that this is an introduction to a system of though, not a guide to self-diagnosis or self-medication. It would have been interesting if the author had noted whether there are lay guides to Chinese medicine in the way of precepts for maintaining health, simple treatments for common ailments or injuries, etc.
  ritaer | Nov 15, 2017 |
I read this for a class on Chinese medicine. It's very good. From someone from NO background in anything like this, it was easy to understand. I enjoyed learning about Chinese medicine, it's history, tools and methods. While I don't know if I believe it all, this book gave me a solid foundation for further exploration in this subject. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in Chinese medicine, either for personal information or use. ( )
  empress8411 | Jan 21, 2014 |
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The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese alternative medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in synthesizing Wester and Eastern healing practices.
This revised edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research.

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Chinese medicine is a healing art that has survived and continues to thrive in East Asia and is increasingly becoming a global resource. The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic English language introductory text that explains how medicine so rooted the archaic past can be relevant to modern health care. The book demystifies the worldview of Chinese medicine. Yin and yang, dampness and wind are easily comprehended. The Web lets the reader see, feel and discover aspects of illness that modern biomedicine overlooks or cannot even understand. The use of acupuncture and herbal medicine to regain harmony and balance is explained. The book is both accessible and scholarly and also incorporates the viewpoint of modern science. For students, scholars, health care providers and the general public, The Web has earned its place as the foremost authority synthesizing Western and Eastern approaches to healing. This revised second edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research.… (more)

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