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The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine Paperback – March, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Congdon & Weed; 1st edition (March 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809229331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809229338
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Western doctors look for disease mechanisms which are the same from person to person, Chinese doctors look for overall patterns of disharmony which are unique to each individual. Ted Kaptchuk, who studied medicine in China, originally intended to translate Chinese medical texts into English, but quickly realized that it would take more than simple translation to convey the meaning of a diagnosis like "damp heat affecting the spleen." Instead, in The Web That Has No Weaver, he explains the theory and philosophy of Chinese medicine, as well as methods of diagnosis and treatment in terms that can be understood by a Western reader. For anyone interested in studying this ancient system of medicine, this book should be at the top of your list. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by FGP

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The Chinese emphasis on interconnectedness and change takes on a very specific character in the context of medicine. When the Chinese physician examines a patient, he or she plans to look at many signs and symptoms and to make of them a diagnosis, to see in them a pattern. Each sign means nothing by itself and acquires meaning only in its relationship to the patient's other signs. What it means in one context is not necessarily what it means in another context.

Customer Reviews

I had not owned my own copy and I am now glad that i have my very own!
Carrie Eckermann
They tackle each element of Chinese medicine in-depth, including diagrams and full descriptions of the meridians individually!
itinerantwoo
Sometime This book was so interesting I would be up to all hours reading it .
Sharon Landis LMT PSMassages

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1998
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I found the book to be very easy to understand yet very enlightening. I would recomend the book to anyone who would like to know about basic chinese medicine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By itinerantwoo on May 11, 2011
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This is the most comprehensive book I've ever seen! They tackle each element of Chinese medicine in-depth, including diagrams and full descriptions of the meridians individually! I haven't been able to find that anywhere else. Very impressive; I would recommend this to anybody who wants to know anything about the topic.
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The Web That Has No Weaver By Ted J. Kaptchuk O.M.D.

Congdon & Weed, Inc

This book contains 365 pages of Soft cover

This book is wonderfully written, I found it a pleasure to read! This book tears a hole in the lining of Western/Eastern Medicine and give the reader a feeling of two totally different techniques/ cultures. If your a massage therapist I truly recommend buying, reading and saving this book for future reference. Sometime This book was so interesting I would be up to all hours reading it .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Eckermann on January 4, 2012
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I have gone through this book before in aid to my shiatsu training (and diagnosing) the meridians are vague, but everything else has been super helpful.

I had not owned my own copy and I am now glad that i have my very own!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Migraine Sufferer on June 25, 2009
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I found the book to be very informative if I read it very slowly. Eastern medicine is such a different way of thinking as opposed to what I have always known about medicine living in the United States.
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I'm an Acupuncture student and I highly recommend this book in terms of better comprehending what you need to understand about Chinese medicine. It's considerably more accessible than other texts and reads more easily.
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By SJ Holley on April 10, 2014
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Started reading this in my acupuncturists office and decided to get my own copy. It explains a lot about the art of acupuncture and the culture behind the ideas. I found it very enlightening.
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