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Chinese Herbal Medicine Paperback – February 12, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (February 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877733988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877733980
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Reid is a leading Western authority on traditional Chinese medicine and Taoist healing practices and has studied and practiced Chinese medicine for over twenty years. He is the author of The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing (Shambhala, 1993, 1994).

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mauricio C. Quintana on December 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
It is definitely a good overview, and if they gave prizes for design of Chinese Medicine Books, this one woud've won them all. The full color format and abundant pictures and drawings make this book a beautiful gift, but that's about it. Like Reid's other books, it is intended as an informational book for laypersons, with a couple of interesting recipes and well-narrated anecdotes and folktales. You can see in CHM, which predates Reid's other books, that his ideas and convictions regarding chinese "self-healing" and energy medicine were not yet developed. The historical overview of Chinese Medicine is very good. The descriptions of practice, however, are confusing, cursory, and/or brief.
There are a couple of mistakes, too. The page facing the full-page reproduction of Hua To, the physician reputed with the discovery and first use of anesthesics, has pictures of the Five Animal Frolic qigong, erroneously described in the picture quotation as Taijiquan. The Five animal frolic predates taijiquan, and although similar, they should not be confused. The bibliography is very short, and not very good. The recipes are a sampling, not a balanced diet, and the index is neither complete nor useful. The last part of the book is a "materia medica", the practical use of which is negligible. The book is indeed not for practitioners of TCM, and this part attests to it. The selection of items for this section, is an arbitrary mixture of the most common and the most exotic. There is no detailed information on use or preparations of the materials listed, although some of them are used in the recipes described afterwards. The glossary and the categorization of the herbs and other substances is correct, though.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
Chinese Herbal Medicine by Daniel P. Reid is a wonderful guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine and its philosophies. This is a breif, but understandable summary of the process of diagnosis and treatment from one of the world's most ancient forms of medicine.
Beth Anne Haigler, Medical Herbalist
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I had to read this for a class. It turned out to have nice pictures and very user friendly. I would recommend it.
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By Rose Bud on December 8, 2012
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So far, I bought and gave away about 7 copies of this classic to folks who believe in Chinese herbal medicine as a "calmer" and slower way to heal the body w/o undo damages or side effects.

With all the "new" drugs coming out w/ the "blessing" of FDA, one wonders which side is the FDA is on.
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