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Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs Paperback – July 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890877904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890877906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An authority in her field, Cheryl Schwartz, D.V.M., is the director of the EastWest Clinic in Oakland, California. One of the first holistic centers of its kinds, the clinic was started in 1986 in response to a growing demand for alternative veterinary care.

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Very informative and easy to follow....great pictures and explanations.
zoe nielsen
Even if you stick with Western philosophy, I think it's still good to know what on Earth the "other side" is talking about!
lilnic
As a student of TCM and animal nutrition consultant I can't recommend Dr. Schwartz' book highly enough.
Sasha

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187 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Sasha on July 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a student of TCM and animal nutrition consultant I can't recommend Dr. Schwartz' book highly enough. You simply couldn't ask for a better introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine for cats and dogs. In the first section, Dr. Schwartz introduces us to the theory behind TCM. She explains the basics of the Five Element Theory, the Meridians, the Eight Principles, and the Vital Essences in a way that is easy to understand even without prior knowledge of TCM.
Section two begins with a chapter on diagnosis using the Traditional Chinese physical exam. In the following chapters, Dr. Schwartz introduces the primary holistic therapies used in TCM: Herbology, Food Therapy, and Acupressure/Acupuncture (emphasis is on acupressure and this chapter is illustrated with color photos of dogs and cats depicting the meridians as well as acupressure points).
In section three the information from sections one and two is applied to correct a variety of health imbalances. Dr. Schwartz recommends herbs (Chinese & Western), dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, and acupressure points for health conditions/imbalances involving the eyes, ears, nose and upper respiratory system, teeth and gums, lungs, heart, liver and gall bladder, spleen/pancreas and stomach, kidneys and urinary bladder, large intestine, bones and muscle, skin, and the immune system and glands. It's wonderful to see a book on natural remedies that focuses on correcting the underlying imbalance instead of simply using herbs and supplements to eliminate symptoms. Highly recommended!
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have very little knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and have appreciated Dr. Schwatz's ability to help me better grasp this approach to acupressure, acupuncture, herbs, diet and other TCM treatment for animals. I borrowed this book from a friend & find it so valuable that I want a copy for myself. Each time I read a chapter or refer to a graphic showing acupressure points or meridians I feel more familiar with this ancient & venerable art & science. I am a practicing licensed veterinary technician and work in a clinic that will soon offer traditional Chinese veterinary medicine as well as Western veterinary medicine. This book is an excellent tool to help me as a veterinary professional peel open my mind, senses and vision and expand my ability to assist vets in this new dimension. It's well worth every penny. Any ainmal lover will use it for years. Thanks for letting me share my opinion.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a veterinarian who is becoming open to and familiar with alternative health care, I highly recommend Cheryl Schwarz's book to everyone, professionals as well as pet owners. It gives a well rounded easy to read overview of Chinese medicine basics as they apply to small animals including 5-Element and 8-Principle theory. Cheryl gives comprehensive accupressure basics and guidelines. In the second half of the book she discusses individual pet health problems in terms of Eastern Medicine and makes accupressure, herbal and dietary recommendations based on her wealth of knowledge. I have one copy at the office, one at home, I bought each of my other vets a copy and I've already had 5 clients buy it! A GREAT resource book for beginners AND experienced practitioners.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A.K.M on February 26, 2003
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As a long time practioner of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine I believe this to be one of the three must-haves. Schwartz introduces and elaborates on TCM thoroughly and concisely. It is a wonderfully informatve book for someone new to TCM or a practioner. When owned, one will find themselves referencing it again and again. The text and charts are easily navigated. It will open ones eyes about the roots and practical applications of TCM. Readers will wish they owned a guide just like it for humans. Schwartz has compiled all of the information it would take the average person months to research, all the while painting a clear picture of the procedures and their benefits. Well written, pleasant read. Once again, a must own.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on October 30, 2011
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I felt the need to only give this book three stars to alert buyers about a major shortcoming of this book since there is no "look inside this book" feature on this text.

This book is overflowing with useful information about canine health from the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is presented clearly. This includes dietary advice for different health conditions and even behavioral signs that might indicate future illness; hyperactivity and barking in dogs that later develop heart issues, for example. However, there is one notable problem in putting that information to work acupressure-wise: The illustrations in the book are not very good regarding helping you locate acupoints. There are anatomical descriptions that vary in how useful they are in the text, but the acupressure "charts" are glossy photos of living cats and dogs with a wide squiggle line drawn to indicate meridians (see cover of book). There are also pictures to show point constellations for various ailments. Again, these are little dots on glossy photos of living animals. You cannot see the bones to accurately know where on differing animals these points actually are. Also, the photos vary from dog to cat, so if you are only treating a dog, for instance, and your pet's ailment is illustrated on a cat, this can be frustrating--there are differences! So, unless you are experienced with point finding, you will probably find yourself wanting a canine or feline acuchart. "The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure" has much better point-finding charting which you can check out through the "Look Inside" feature. Still to end of an up note for this book, it is a richly detailed source of practical information concerning TCM and animals.
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