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Product Details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (December 5, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570620717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570620713
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reid's third book on Chinese medicine, martial arts, meditation, and related subjects is thorough, clear, and informative. It opens with an account of the three treasures of Taoism: essence, energy, and spirit. Then, Reid weaves ancient and modern Chinese healing and Taoism together in order to paint a good picture of the background and current practice of his subjects. The portrayal involves contrasting Chinese and Western theory and practice--contrasts that sometimes identify major problems in the Occident. It also involves defining medicine broadly so that material appears on low-energy electrical waves as well as on the dangers of the standard American diet. While the book contains much practical material on Chinese remedies and techniques, it also underlines the Chinese emphasis upon prevention; indeed, "traditional physicians regard disease as a failure of preventive health care," Reid writes, "not as an opportunity to test new drugs on patients." William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Thorough, clear, and informative."—Booklist

"An incredibly thorough guide . . . Reid's tome provides great coverage of the healing arts and is a wonderful sourcebook for the Taoist theory underlying such practices."—NAPRA Trade Journal

"This is among the most highly enlightening books on Chinese health practices I have ever come across. Reid integrates a myriad of highly complex concepts and translates them to the reader with simplicity and clarity. . . . I highly recommend this book to my colleagues, patients, and anyone interested in the path of Chinese health and healing."—Christina Stemmler, M.D., President, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

'Through his thorough research, in-depth scholarships and insightful ways of penetrating into the heart of the matter, Reid has written a book about Chinese health and healing that is sure to become a classic resource for everyone."—Chungliang Al Huang, author of Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain

"Always interesting, Dan Reid is one of the most respected authors in the field of Chinese medicine. . . . He draws upon his scholarly background as well as extensive clinical experience, making a complicated subject clear and fascinating to read."—James Ramholz, publisher of Oriental Medicine

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This is truly a book that can help you get started on the path of natural healing in your own life.
Rocannon MacGregor
If you are going to start (or continue with) your Great Work, buy one, two or three of his books and you will be hooked for the rest of your life.
Jiri Vaclavicek
This is a very good overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with an emphasis on the Taoist perspective.
Henry Macfarland

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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Rocannon MacGregor on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
There are thousands of books published about Chinese Medicine,but none come close to this one for readability, enjoyment, clarity,and detail. While I don't agree with every single interpretation that Reid makes, I find that I am constantly referring my patients and students to this book.
It is a great place to begin your exploration of Chinese Medicine in its broadest scope. Reid writes intelligently, and yet simply, about the full range of Chinese Medical practices and the foundations of Energetic Medicine too.
His format takes the reader, step-by-step, along the path of understanding this rich tradition of self-care, personal evolution, and natural healing. You will find plenty of personal stories in this book and a fair share of scientific findings which support the understanding presented.
Perhaps most importantly, you will be able to apply the basic principles, as described so clearly here, in your daily life. This is truly a book that can help you get started on the path of natural healing in your own life.
If you are in the healing profession, you will discover a world of refreshing insights, challenging questions, and beneficial protocols to explore.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is sincerely interested in Chinese Medicine or Qigong.
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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Adrian S. on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is nothing short of spectacular, and this is because it motivates to start doing some of what Daniel Reid. explains. Reid, a Westerner living in Asia since the 70's, comes with Western scientific explanations (where possible; modern science isn't yet developed enough to understand and acknowledge nature of some things) of why Taoists do things the way they do.

Books subtitle is "Guarding the three treasure" - and by that he means the body, energy and spirit, he touches all of them. After reading it I understand a lot more things about the world in general. A lot more...

I first started reading his other book - "The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity", and I would recommend starting with that one, because it is more basic and easier to chew by the Western mind. This books is also very clear, and you don't need other explanations, but reading the other one first would make some things easier. Personally, after I finished this one book, I understood some of his teachings in "The Tao..." that I had skipped at that point and started doing them now. One good example of this is to do skin brushing every day. Why? Stimulate lymph movement, especially helpful for people living sedentary lives every day. I intend to reread both of them many times, and hopefully pick new good habits with each pass. I'll probably look into his other works.

So, what's in the book?

It starts with explaining the Taoist cosmogony, starting with the One source, Tao. You probably already know its mark, it' that circle with black and white "tears", each having a small spot of the other inside it.

They are the two poles, Yang (male/active/warming/ascending, white with with black spot) and Yin (female/passive/cooling/descending).
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By "caguevara" on August 27, 1999
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I do not know who to thank for curing me of a chronic digestive disorder whose underlying cause had eluded allopathic physicians and Western nutritionists for the past 30 years: Daniel P. Reid or the ancient Taoist masters?
Mr. Reid's books are truly gifts to the modern Western world and to those who sense that there is something more to life than a mass-produced culture and lifestyle. Ancient wisdom does have a wealth of knowledge to impart today in order to live a better tomorrow. If you are a newcomer to Taoism, spirituality, and traditional health practices, this is an ideal book to help you begin your journey towards enlightment. Those with a little more experience will also benefit from reading this book and adding its little gems of wisdom to their library of ever-expanding Taoist knowledge. Somehow, years of higher education and exponetially expanding university tuition never taught me the beautiful, life-affirming, and liberating simplicities expounded by Taoism. Begin your journey with these books.
I also highly recommend Mr. Reid's "The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity" as an excellent companion to "The Complete Book..." However, I caution you to exercise maturity, responsibility and personal accountability as you read and practice the ancient Taoist arts. You should be fully aware that there is no way for the author to be familiar with your particular ailments or life-situation. In this regard, I recommend that you pursue your studies under the guidance of a qualified instructor and to seek health advice from a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner. If you heed the caution and advice you will gain tremendously. There is genuine gold in this ancient wisdom.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
I happened across this book in a bookstore and bought it on a whim. I was not before interested in Taoism, but fairly open minded. THIS IS THE BEST, MOST INSPIRATIONAL BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS. I don't want to go too over the top or I'll lose my credibility, but this book quite simply has changed my life (ok, that's over the top). If you enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients, the book gives great advice about food combining and which ingredients are most healthful. Reid also gives a few recipes at the back of the book that he considers "healing" recipes. The recipe for Hunan chicken was worth the cost of the book. I have been cooking for a decade and that recipe is the most delicious dish I've ever made. I really can't say enough. I am less interested in the sections on Chee-gung, but they are still useful as a way of understanding the importance of quieter, less strenuous stretching/activity. I bought this book 6 months ago, but I would say that I pick it up to read sections at least once a week. I have lost 15 pounds, am full of energy and feel more positive and refreshed than I have since I was 21.
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