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The Five Elements of Self-Healing: Using Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity, Wellness, and Health Hardcover – February 3, 1998

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The Five Elements of Self-Healing grows out of herbalist and acupuncturist Jason Elias's conviction that the nature of the illnesses that he has encountered in his patients has changed dramatically since he started practicing complementary medicine twenty-five years ago. Every week he sees patients with disorders that were much less common fifteen or twenty years ago: chronic allergies, adult-onset diabetes, eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, and many different kinds of cancer.
Reflecting on the health crises now facing us and on the connection between the rise in chronic immune disorders and toxic environmental and lifestyle patterns, Elias and collaborator Katherine Ketcham looked to the 5,000-year-old account of Chinese medicine, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine, to seek the clues for restoring the balance of body and mind and finding the pathway to health and harmony. The result is The Five Elements of Self-Healing, which shows readers how to use the preventive strategies and gentle, supportive remedies of traditional Chinese medicine to heal contemporary chronic illnesses and bolster immunity, wellness, and mind-body harmony.
The Five Elements of Self-Healing explores the Five Element System, the unique classification and diagnostic system that is the basis of traditional Chinese medicine. The first part of the book teaches readers how to identify which of the five elements--Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water--most directly influences their physical, emotional, and spiritual beings, and which imbalances in these energies can lead to particular physical, emotional, and spiritual disorders. The authors give detailed suggestions for restoring mind-body harmony and maintaining immunity and wellness, including stress- reduction techniques, dietary and exercise regimens, and the use of Chinese and Western herbs, nutritional supplements, and acupressure.
In the second part of the book, the authors outline the causes, symptoms, and treatments of the most common immune system disorders, from the relatively benign colds and flus to the more chronic and distressing problems of allergies, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome and the life-threatening diseases of diabetes and cancer.        
With step-by-step instructions for self-treatment, inspiring case studies of Elias's patients' recoveries, and engaging stories from diverse folk traditions, The Five Elements of Self-Healing creates a system of medicine that honors the whole person: body and mind and spirit. Shining the light of ancient wisdom into the shadows of modern disease, this book guides readers toward a broader understanding of the art of self-healing.

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"A valuable guide to integrating the best of both Western and Oriental medicine, written by a rarity--a healer knowledgeable in both."
--Peter D'Adamo, B.Sc.N.D., author of Eat Right 4 Your Type

"Jason Elias and Katherine Ketcham have written a wonderfully lucid presentation on how Chinese medicine can affect your health. They have created a cutting-edge book which brings ancient wisdom into enlightened health care."
--Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D., Director, Medical Oncology, Strang Cancer Prevention Center; author of Healing Essence: A Cancer Doctor's Program for Hope and Recovery

"The most wonderful aspect of this book is the way Jason Elias translates this old Chinese medical approach into an easy-to-adopt methodology for the twenty-first century. It is a feast for the mind and soul. Thank you, Jason and Katherine, for the wisdom of your integrative knowledge and for the work you both did in making these ancient
concepts so readable and practical."
--Serafina Corsello, M.D., founder, The Corsello Centers for Nutritional-Complementary Medicine; host of "A Second Opinion," WOR 710 AM radio

"This work will help to guide the reader to an understanding of how to integrate traditional spiritual, psychological, and physical healing modalities such as lifestyle, diet, and Qigong exercises using the time-honored Chinese Five Elements as a guide. Highly recommended."
--Dr. Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D., author of The Way of Herbs and Planetary Herbology

Praise for Feminine Healing

"What a delight! It offers us all deep nourishment and profound healing. . . . Destined to be a classic."
--Susun Weed, author of Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way and Healing Wise

"Splendid . . . a sourcebook of women's wisdom that will uplift and inspire all who read it."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (February 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517704870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517704875
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Capt Yossarian on April 30, 2013
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I had some very extensive post-chemotherapy surgery in 1981 that involved -- among other things -- the removal of my pericardium. I found out in 2000 that I had also 'died' at least 3 times during that surgery. I remember waking up afterwards and feeling that something was horribly wrong.

Fast forward to December, 2012, when an acupuncturist was treating my former wife, and she noticed that something was 'wrong' with me. She inquired about some aspects of my medical history, and immediately reacted when she heard of the pericardium removal. She said that I should go to an acupuncturist in town that specialized in Five Elements Acupuncture --- that he could help me to heal -- physically and emotionally -- from what is considered a very great trauma in the theory of TCM.

I made an appointment with David, and I bought this book (and 2 others) to get some idea of the theory and the practice of Five Elements Acupuncture, especially as it related to the removal of my pericardium.

Surprisingly, for a non-medically trained person, this book is very approachable. It refreshed a lot of things I had read about the philosophy of Taoism and the I Ching, as well as the medical theories that have developed under those philosophies.

I've gone through about 4 months of treatments, and I am very pleased with the results. I am also very glad that I read this book -- it helped me understand what I am going through to some degree.
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By Kate N on January 21, 2013
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I am a massage therapist and holistic nutrition coach with an inclination towards ancient healing arts. I found this text an indispensable resource. Very reader-friendly, full of interesting theory around 5 elements but also great stories of clients/case studies to bring the material to life a bit. I also appreciate the second half of the book that goes on to describe common conditions & illnesses (i.e.- arthritis, lupus, sinus infections, IBS, etc.) from both a western take as well as an oriental perspective on what's contributing to the imbalance and how to heal in very practical, accessible terms. Worth the investment!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "jaimenrique" on August 9, 1999
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Any person who is interested in the healing arts should have this book. It provides the reader with great observation tools to evaluate a person's condition.
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