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A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warrior (Fireside Books (Fireside)) Paperback – October 12, 2004

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Gregory Petaro, M.D. A must for any athlete, whether a weekend warrior or serious competitor. I have used these strategies successfully in my practice.

Kevin V. Ergil, M.A., M.S., L.ac., Director, Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine, Touro College This book should have enormous value to anyone engaged in an active lifestyle or involved in the management of minor trauma, especially as it relates to sports medicine.

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Tom Bisio is a world-renowned martial artist and a licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine. He heads a clinic in New York City where his unique background in Western and Eastern approaches to healing has helped him create and implement effective rehabilitation programs.
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Product Details

  • Series: Fireside Books (Fireside)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743245512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743245517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Lamade on October 6, 2004
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First a disclaimer: I've been a student of Tom's for over 10 years, both as martial artist and a practitioner of Chinese medicine. (In fact, I became an acupuncturist partly as a result of having had my martial arts injuries sucessfully treated with Chinese medicine.) So, I am most definitely a biassed reviewer!

I'll focus on a small portion of the book, one which is of primary interest to martial artists: the use of herbal training formulas (Die Da formulas) to heal and prevent injuries:

A Tooth From the Tiger's Mouth includes in-depth discussion of the following external formulas:

A basic Die Da Jiu (trauma liniment) for acute injuries

A formula for Tendon Lotion for chronic injuries bothered by damp and cold

U-I Oil - a patent remedy

Chinese Massage Oil - a patent remedy

Black Ghost Oil - a patent remedy

San Huang San - a herbal poultice for acute injuries

Sinew-Bone Poultice - a herbal poultice for healing middle or late stage injuries

Wu Yang Pain Relieving Plaster - a patent remedy

Yunnan Paiyao Plaster - a patent remedy

701 Plaster - a patent remedy

Hua Tuo Anticontusion Rheumatism Plaster - a patent remedy

Gou Pi Plaster - a patent remedy

Tendon Relaxing Soak - an herbal soak

Warming Soak - an herbal soak

The following internal formulas are also discussed in detail:

Trauma pills - an herbal pill made with ground herbs and honey

Resinall K - a patent remedy made from an alchohol extract; similar to Qi Li San

Rib Fracture Formula

Bone Knitting Formula

Tonic formulas such as Ge Jie Da Bu Wan, etc.
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I had been looking everywhere for a book which is practical and yet espouses the wonderful "goodies" of Chinese medicine, and this is it! I was surfing through Amazon and found this book, bought it, read the entire thing in a single weekend, and I am awestruck by how practical and easy to follow it is. I've already used it as a reference twice for some minor ailments/injuries I had. And now I plan on using it to learn the "internal energy" exercises that are recommended.

Absolutely GET THIS BOOK! It's as necessary for the home as is a first-aid kit and/or a fire extinguisher. Amazing, and that's coming from someone who didn't know squat about Chinese medicine before reading this.

I repeat, GET THIS BOOK!!!!
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This book discusses injury management and rehabilitation in direct simple language. It's content is profound and yet is without artifice. Simply put, it is practical, easy to access, and serves not only the needs of martial artists, but other athletes as well. It's the kind of book I always wanted to see offered, but never was able to find. Anyone interested in managing injuries (including their own)should read this book!
Addendum: Since my original review, I have been in practice in acupuncture and Chinese medicine for two years, and this book has not lost one bit of its value. For example, I have used the rib fracture formula on several patients who came back to me raving about how much better they felt. This book has useful and easy to follow instruction. Don't miss it!
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By Rorkie on November 17, 2004
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I can tell by the name that "Tom Bisio" is not some Chinese guy writing from Hong Kong somewhere, but even if I didn't see the name, I would know it's someone domestic who wrote this book. I say this because the book is simple to follow.

Most of the books on Chinese medicine are filled with either English I don't understand or flowery language that I do understand but just roll my eyes at. And too many times the books have pencil drawings of acupuncture points which I *know* are NOT in the right place.

Bisio's book is simple to follow, and I really appreciate the anecdotes that are written thoughout the book, both how the author treated his own injuries and/or how he treated his patients.

What I really like is how the book combines remedies for herbs with remedies for diet, as well as explaining how to treat injuries as soon as they happen. All three are important, and this guide is quite excellent at detailing what needs to be done. (Finding places which sell these herbs might be sometimes tricky, but it can still be done.)

Well worth the expense and well worth the time to read it, I recommend this book with my highest enthusiasm.
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Unlike most books in the area of chinese martial arts and medicine - both in English and Chinese - this tome provides a hands-on reference a westerner can refer to time and again to effectively treat oneself and others for the many musculo-skeletal problems afflicting modern man. The writing reflects the authority and simplicity of a real teacher and healer of great intelligence, empathy and experience. It truly fills a gap, unlike other books touching the subject that only "hint" at the "secrets" of past masters. This book will take its rightfull place next to Robert Smith's classic writings on the martial arts bookshelf.
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