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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (January 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609801058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609801055
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This comprehensive work by an acupuncturist and herbalist brings the ancient knowledge of Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan herbal medicine to Westerners. Tools for self-diagnosis emphasize treating the person, rather than the illness, to ensure a healthy harmony of body, mind, and spirit. Herbs are recommended for a gamut of problems, ranging from eating disorders, arthritis, and PMS to sexual dysfunction and depression. Hadady tells how to prepare herbal remedies at home but also includes mail-order sources. A cross reference of herb names to their Chinese names and a general index and herb index are provided. This thorough volume is recommended as a definitive resource on Asian herbal medicine for popular alternative medicine collections. (Indexes not seen.)?Nancy Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Asian Way of Wellness is the first interactive guide to herbal medicine, presenting breakthrough guidelines for self-diagnoses that help readers understand how to evaluate their personal health needs and use readily available herbs to treat common maladies, boost the immune system, prevent illness, maintain wellness, and ensure longevity. The author is a herbalist and accupuncturist.

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The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, 'Letha Hadady, one of the nation's leading experts on natural Chinese remedies, is leading a quiet lady-like revolution to bring herbal medicines from the Far East and elsewhere into everyday use in American homes.' Letha, trained in traditional Chinese acupuncture and Asian herbal medicine, is adjunct faculty for New York Open Center, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and The Renfield Center for Nursing Education, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

Letha has been featured on many national television programs, including Barbara Walters' The View, NBC's Today Show, Donnie and Marie, Extra!, The Learning Channel, The Food Network, CNN, and CBS. She writes regular natural health columns for New Living magazine (USA and online) for award-winning Heal India magazine (Delhi, India) and Healthy You magazine (India, Singapore, and Middle East.) Letha updates her books, articles, and videos at: www.asianhealthsecrets.com. Her natural health and beauty advice is featured on many other global websites and blogs.

Letha is a regular health expert on talk radio, including "Montel Across America" with Montel Williams at airamerica.com in the U.S. and abroad. Her topics range from seasonal health problems--flu, depression, and Asian foods or herbs for beauty issues--to events such as Chinese New Year. Letha's articles have appeared in popular magazines, including GreatLife, Allure, Marie Claire, Self, Fitness, Body and Soul, Natural Health, Let's Live, and Jane. Letha was on the cover and the lead article for Delicious! magazine. She was featured in the November, 2009 issue of Conde Nast Traveler (Spain.) Letha's walking tours of Asian herbal markets in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are famous. Her natural health and beauty students and readers come from all walks of life.

Letha is the author of personal transformation, natural health and beauty books, including Asian Health Secrets: The Complete Guide to Asian Herbal Medicine (Crown/Three Rivers Press: 1998). This finely illustrated Washington Post best-seller has a foreword by H H. the 14th Dalai Lama. Called a 'treasure' and 'a modern classic in alternative medicine' it has become the bible in its field for medical professionals and individual readers.

Personal Renewal (Harmony/iUniverse:2008) with a foreword by Dr. Bernard Jensen, guides readers, troubled with menopause, divorce, and other life changes, toward a path of healthy self-discovery. The book features a practical "Herbal Calender" to organize herb-use. Personal Renewal has been called "a treasure for the personal self." and "a love song for enlightened maturing."

Healthy Beauty (Wiley 2003; Backinprint and Kindle 2007; with a foreword by Clif deRaita)features easy to use beauty treatments for men and women. It offers help for complexion, hair, posture, voice, and inspires readers to discover their personal beauty. Reaching beyond the usual health or beauty book, it proves that our beauty should not be limited by convention: the social, ethnic, sexual, racial or other prejudices of the popular media.

Feed Your Tiger: The Asian Diet Secret to Permanent Weight Loss and Vibrant Health (2003; coming soon at iUniverse) is filled with delicious slimming international recipes, Asian SuperFoods, and easy, enjoyable ways to lose weight and keep it off. For example, Letha describes how she taught herself swimming for healthy weight management watching Esther Williams movies.

All of Letha's books are beautifully illustrated by Letha's mother, Letha Elizabeth Hadady, who lives in New Mexico and paints flowers.

Letha, raised in New Mexico, sang opera in Europe, and has a Masters in psychology from the University of Paris. She is nationally certified in acupuncture (NCCAOM) after studying at Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, New York and the Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian in Shanghai.


"I can't thank you enough for sharing really useful, practical health information with us."--Montel Williams on Montel Across America

"I used to think I knew something about alternative medicine. When I read Asian Health Secrets I learned something new on every page."--Bill Thompson, AP Radio

"Hadady is an ambassador between curious Americans, trying to overcome their ignorance of alternative medicine, and Chinese herbalists, who are uneasy about opening their customs to the scrutiny of outsiders."--Newsday, L.A. Times syndicate

"The tall, slender herbalist found her calling after a life-threatening illness. . . Her encyclopedic knowledge of health and beauty is evident."--Daily News

"Letha unearths the wisdom of the ancients."--New York

"Letha has all natural ways to change your life. She looks so young!"--Barbara Walters,'The View'

"I am confident that Letha Hadady will bring the ancient knowledge of the great cultures of Asia to a larger public."--Tenzin Gyatso, H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

"Letha Hadady is a blessing to those she touches. Her contribution is a treasure of knowledge for the personal self."--Dr. Bernard Jensen, doyen of the natural medicine movement

Customer Reviews

Asian Health Secrets is a book I enthusiastically recommned.
Andrew Gaeddert
The author has presented a very complicated subject matter in a very easily understandable fashion.
I have studied/read this book twice and refer to it all the time.
K. "Sissy" Wong

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. "Sissy" Wong on December 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Asian Health Secrets by Letha Hadady, D.Ac., was recommended to me by an elder "kung fu brother" when I attended a very traditional kung fu school in Chinatown, NY. I knew very little of Asian medicinal theory so, I started with a fairly clean slate and couldn't have asked for a better foundation for learning about this rich tradition. The fact that His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote the foreword speaks volumes in and of itself.

The book is written in a conversational manner that serves to gently ease the reader into learning about the Asian health perspective. Hadady, an absolute expert in this field, is also a talented teacher - she effectively conveys the complexities of Asian herbal medicine so that anyone who would read this book would "get it". She describes what an Asian herb is and how everything we consume, in addition to elements in our environment, act upon our energy, or chi (which she clearly explains as well). She addresses foods, herbs, and teas and explains in the text and in easy to read tables their energy and effect on the person and mind.

She explains Asian elements and humors and how they are expressed through our physical and mental health. There is also a fantastic cleansing program that is flexible in the amount of time and degree of dedication you wish to do it with. The program uses foods that are easily obtainable and suggestions for herbal products that are easy to get at a Chinese herb shop or through one of the suppliers listed in the back of the book (if you don't have the fortune of a local Chinatown). She also refers to remedies that are available at most health food stores.

She devotes a chapter to reading the tongue (an Asian method of diagnosis which I have personally found is uncanny in its accuracy).
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Reading through the other reviews I have trouble seeing the confusion. It was stated that you had to mail order alot of the things in this book, but I don't find that to be true. I live in a very very small southern town, and I just go to my local oriental market. This book actually made me seek that place out, and become aquainted with it. Now I go there atleast once a week!
If you are thinking about getting this book, you are already looking for alternatives, and I don't think you would be opposed to finding new markets in your town to shop at. What Letha Hadady has put together here is a fantastic book that takes you through a diagnosis process before giving you advice on what to take. This alone makes this book stand out above all others, because so many herbal remedy books list symptoms and cures. This book helps you become aware of your bodies processes, and makes you pay attention to the inner workings of yourself. The stories of clients are great, and really make you understand how some of these topics are in practice.
I have had this book for going on 9 years now, and I use it frequently. It is sitting beside me right now. I too have been able to lose all of my problem body fat and maintain a healthy diet just from the cleansing program in this book. I have given so many away as presents, and made so many people buy it for themselves, that at times I feel that I should get a comission. This book is great for the beginner and even those experienced in herbal medicines/traditional oriental medicine. Letha is truly a great teacher because while there may be other books on the market that contain the same information, she explains it in a way that is accessible to everyone. The treatments listed in this book work!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2000
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This book is one of the best purchases of any kind that I've made in years. It is what I think a good health book should be --- it offers discrete remedies to individual, immediate health concerns, but it also emphasizes a comprehensive approach to improving overall health. It focuses on improving one's overall health in a systemic way, rather than just suppressing symptoms. I found that it also demystifies Asian medicine (Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, etc.) somewhat. As rooted in Western tradition and science as I am, I've often been confused by discussions of Asian medicine that sounded intangible and mystical. This book discusses everything in the most calm, intelligent, and pragmatic way possible, even providing photographs of common herbal preparations, so that all the information feels concrete and practical.
Ms. Hadady is an excellent teacher: like most good teachers, she gives you the information and the methodology to be able to begin analyzing problems on your own. She presents a huge amount of information in way that is warm and readable but not patronizing. She starts from the beginning, laying out all the foundations of Asian medicine, so that each chapter builds on the knowledge you've gained in the previous. Every piece of information is useful and necessary; there is no fluff. It's completely worthwhile to take the time to read the whole book. As big as it is, it's a quick and enjoyable read, and the information is invaluable. I found myself taking notes because I really wanted to absorb everything.
I don't think I'm really communicating how good I think this book is. It's truly comprehensive in the best meaning of the word, without being overly complicated or esoteric.
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