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ISBN-13: 978-0380809028 ISBN-10: 0380809028 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380809028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380809028
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am committed to educating all women that there are natural and effective healing actions they can take to help prevent breast cancer, as well as prevent a recurrence," writes Nan Lu, a specialist in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is a 5,000-year-old medical system based on the concept of internal vital energy (Qi) flow to maintain or restore our organs' normal function and harmony. According to TCM theory, "you absolutely cannot get cancer if your organs work in harmony and Qi flows freely throughout your body's meridian network."

This book explains the philosophy, history, principles, and theories of TCM; how these relate to breast cancer; and how a woman can restore harmony with TCM self-healing practices. The practices include movement, dietary recommendations, herbs, emotional balance, and mental messages. However, the book is more theory than self-help. For example, Lu suggests "a combination of TCM herbs and special herbal teas to help relieve the side effects of breast cancer treatment," but doesn't give any specifics, instead saying to write to the TMC foundation. However, on the next page, he gives a recipe for producing breast milk (is this really what a woman with breast cancer is longing to know?) consisting of peanuts, soybeans, and pork feet. Later in the book he gives some herbal recipes and food recommendations. He recommends gentle exercise only (not even brisk walking), and notes that "too much sex will cause liver and kidney Qi deficiencies" or even eye problems, recommending restricting sex to once or twice a month if you're undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

From Library Journal

As a doctor trained in traditional Chinese medicine but practicing in a Western country, Lu has witnessed the benefits and limitations of these two different medical practices and believed they could be used to complement each other for the benefit of the patients, especially breast cancer patients. In this book, he systematically explains the principles and theories of traditional Chinese medicine and its successful application in combating mild to serious illnesses, particularly breast cancer. He uses analogies, graphics, and real patients' accounts to demonstrate how Qigong, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs can help women cope with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The whole presentation is clear and logical, and even the first ten chapters on the theoretical and historical aspect of Chinese medicine is fascinating and thought-provoking. Strongly recommended for consumer health collections.
-ALily Liu, Arkansas Children's Hosp. Medical Lib., Little Rock
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

As a young age Nan Lu studied marital arts under a famous master, Wan Lai Sheng who taught "Natural Style," one of the most famous and sacred traditions in China. After years of self cultivation, Nan Lu studied traditional Chinese medicine in Hubei China and then in a traditional manner under another great master, Grand Master Xi Hua Xu. According to Dr. Lu, "Chinese medicine is based on energy or Qi. Since martial arts and qigong training gave me this unique experience and understanding it offered me a deep connection to how Qi balances the body and helps us regain health.
My passion is to share this wisdom with Western society and help people understand that the body has unlimited potential to heal itself."

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It is useful for everyone, who cares of his/her well-being!
Tatiana Chameeva
This book can give women who suffer from breast cancer peace of mind.
Virginia Janssen
Incredibly clear and well written, this book is really very helpful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Heath on October 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I STARTED GOING TO A TRADITIONAL CHINESE PRACTIONER IN MARCH 2000. SOME OF THE TERMS SHE USED DID NOT MEAN MUCH TO ME. SHE RECOMENDED A BOOK TO ME BUT IT WAS SOMETIME HARD TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. I WAS LOOKING FOR A TCM BOOK SPECIFIC FOR BREAST CANCER. I FOUND THIS BOOK AND VERY STRONGLY RECOMEND IT TO ANYONE THAT WANT TO INCORPARATE TCM IN THEIR TREATMENT. DR LU EXPLAIN THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF TCM IN LAYMAN'S TERM. NOW WHEN I GO IN FOR MY TCM SESSION, I UNDERSTAND MORE OF WHAT MY PRACTIONER IS TELLING ME. AN EXCELLENT BOOK.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2001
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I had breast cancer on the same breast twice, in 1983 and again in 3/2001. I want to find the root cause as I do not want it to happen again. I find the book easy to read and understand. I will start the Wu Ming Meridian Therapy which seems easy to do. I will also start to take the healing food and herb listed in the book. Thank you Dr. Lu for helping me to heal. If I had a book like this in 1983, I probably would not have breast cancer again in March 2001. I have been recommending this book to other breast cancer survivers at my support group.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Barnes on April 14, 2002
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Dr. Nan Lu, extensively trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), founded and developed The Breast Cancer Prevention Project. He is also a founding director of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, Inc., and is involved in SHARE, a self-help organization for women with breast and ovarian cancer. He is also a Qigong master and martial arts champion.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Woman's Guide to Healing from Breast Cancer, Dr. Lu describes how ancient TCM techniques can help prevent, treat, and aid recovery from breast cancer. He emphasizes throughout the book that "TCM is dedicated to helping the individual treat the source and not the symptoms of his or her problem."
Dr. Lu presents lots of general information about TCM, natural laws, and Qi, repeating that "everything has a connection and everything has an effect on every other thing." He then applies those principles specifically to breast cancer. He says that "headaches, stomachaches, PMS, or menstrual irregularities. . .are not normal conditions for a healthy body." He regards them as symptoms that should be heeded, to prevent future difficulties.
TCM can be used in many simple ways. For example, doing a monthly breast exam is a source of stress for many women, because it focuses their thoughts on having breast cancer. Dr. Lu recommends "telling yourself instead, that wherever you touch, you are sending in healing energy to protect that location so that you will never have breast cancer." He includes many other ways to conserve, increase, and use the natural healing energy each human possesses.
The healing information is presented in a way that allows each woman to customize the techniques to fit her own needs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1999
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I am very impressed with the depth of information presented. More importantly, I understand how I can apply this information to my daily life so that I can have greater health. I found the fabulous section on foods and herbs that have healing qualities fascinating. I've tried the qigong movements that are described in the book. They are easy, take only a few minutes a day, are not strenuous and give me a general feeling of well-being. I think that this is a book that every woman should read, whether or not she is concerned about breast cancer!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1999
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Wow! I real page turner. I learned so much information about my body, and now feel more empowered over my body's health. I think this book is a must read for bay area women since we have the highest rates of breast cancer nationaly. I really apprecailted the combination of male and female authors and eastern-western perspectives this book offered.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
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This book is for anyone who wants to participate in their own healing. A whole new world of information is provided in an organized an easy to understand format. This is the book that demystifies Traditional Chinese Medicine for us here in the west. It is written with hope and compassion for all women dealing with breast cancer. Most of the information available to women in this country is about how to get rid of the cancer. Dr. Lu teaches us the many ways in which to strengthen mind and body to prevent breast cancer from developing and to prevent it's return. This book is a beautiful roadmap to healing. Many thanks, Dr. Lu.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
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I am a chiropractic student and I was pleased to see a non medical approach to breast cancer. It was very informative,and it is something I can use as a tool in my office for patient information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Yi on October 20, 2006
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I read this book because someone gave it to my mother while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. It changed my life. It is really not limited to breast cancer, it teaches women's health in general. There are lists of everyday foods in the back of the book as well as receipes that have really helped my physical symptoms. I would recommend it to ALL women.
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