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Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological And Spiritual Healing Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lorie Eve Dechar’s unique approach to the practice of traditional Chinese medicine emerges from her commitment to discovering a healthier and more integrated way for herself and other human beings to live on planet Earth. Her background includes a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute and training in Archetypal Psychology, Gestalt and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy as well as stints as a gardener, environmental activist, poet and Zen student. Lorie currently maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Nyack, New York, where she focuses on the interconnections between physical, emotional and spiritual issues in her patients’ lives. She is a member of the faculty of the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City and leads workshops and trainings nationwide. Lorie divides her time between New York and East Blue Hill, Maine.

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Lorie Eve Dechar's unique approach to the practice of traditional Chinese medicine emerges from her commitment to discovering a healthier and more integrated way for herself and other human beings to live on planet Earth. Her background includes a master's degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute and training in Archetypal Psychology, Gestalt and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy as well as stints as a gardener, environmental activist, poet and Zen student. Lorie currently maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Nyack, New York, where she focuses on the interconnections between physical, emotional and spiritual issues in her patients' lives. She is a member of the faculty of the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City and leads workshops and trainings nationwide. Lorie divides her time between New York and East Blue Hill, Maine.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in their own holistic or spiritual growth.
Richard Borutta
With many case histories and graphics, this book is also a joy to read -- entertaining, engaging and beautifully written!
Phyllis Stern
It can help you not only find the source of a problem but helps you to understand your own inner landscape as well.
A. Thomas

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By munay on August 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm an acupuncture student and was looking for a more in depth discussion of the mystical aspect of acupuncture...The title is beautiful and implies insight into the spiritual and alchemical aspects of acupuncture, yet it does not do that. Instead we are given case histories and few acupuncture points used, but no background info as to why those points were chosen. There was nothing alchemical or spiritual about the book. Although it does give a good example of the interview process of the patient.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Stern on March 24, 2006
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I found Lorie Dechar's Five Spirits to be breathtaking in the way it presents a new vision and context for healing. When talking about the ephemeral "spirits" of Chinese Taoist thought (which are guideposts on our journey, like the chakras), she shows that the journey downward that includes the parts of ourselves that seem most chaotic and where we have least control is a journey to true integration. I read this book after a recent illness, and it helped me to turn toward deep forces for healing within myself. With many case histories and graphics, this book is also a joy to read -- entertaining, engaging and beautifully written! I would recommmend it to professional healers, or to anyone on a personal healing journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jj on September 23, 2010
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It is the same exact information out there in many other books, but at an expensive price. If you never knew anything about alchemical acupuncture it would be a good book for you, but if you do, this book teaches you nothing new. It does have a beautiful cover.
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This book, "Five Spirits", it is indispensable the all that that works with psychology and acupuncture. Being more thoroughly known the five spirits, Shen, Hun, Yi, Po and Zhi, we can understand the disturbances psychic, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical better that so much afflicts us, still more in a life so afflicted that the modern times impinge us. It is an easy and fluent reading, of great value to all searching of the human knowledge. Every acupuncturist and psychologist should read this book, and even the veterinary doctors that work with disturbances of animal behavior. It is a good book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Whitsell on June 22, 2011
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This book profoundly affected my practice as an acupuncturist and as a person. Ms. Dechar is a humble, wise and learned scholar who has seriously researched the five spirits and the process of alchemical acupuncture for decades. I studied with her in NYC over 10 years ago and can say she is truly a gifted practitioner and this book encapsulates her wisdom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monkey Business on June 30, 2009
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I have been practicing 5 Element Acupuncture since 1994 and this book is fantastic !! The only book on the subject that is equally applicable to both laymen and practitioners. Bravo Lorie !
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