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
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"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