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The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine Paperback – May 2, 2000
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About the Author
Ted J. Kaptchuk, O.M.D., is associate director of the Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Web was one of the first books on Chinese medicine published in English for the layman and despite its limitations, I feel it is still one of the best. I am a practicing acupuncturist/herbalist and I recommend this book to my patients. It isn't perfect - sometimes there's too much detail, the illustrations could be clearer, could have included more info about herbs, etc. But to Kaptchuk's credit, some sections of this book are written with a beautiful simplicity unmatched by anything I've seen written since, e.g. when he compares the way Chinese painters represented the natural elements in their landscapes to the "poetic logic" a Chinese physician employs when evaluating a patient. It is no small task to sum up traditional Chinese medicine in a single volume but Kaptchuk has done an admirable job.
My recommendations for the beginner in these studies are:
1. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine by Tom Williams
Great pictures, easy to read. Have it my waiting room. Most read by my patients (next to the Chinese astrology books).
2. The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness by Mischa Cohen, LAc
Mischa presents the medicine clearly and has easy to follow suggestions for self care.
3. Healing With Whole Foods, Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitcford
Integrates Oriental and Western nutritional knowledge. Excellent resource for layperson and practitioner alike.
4. ANYTHING by Giovanni Maciocia or Dan Bensky
5. A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman and Mazin Al-Khafaji
As a professor of acupuncture, I have found this textbook to be one of the best attempts to integrate all of the translated material and organize it into a very readable reference. Excellent, invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike.
A Great Book! 5 Stars
The above was my former review of this book. It is now almost a year later and I am now enrolled in Chinese Medicine school. Now that I have to know a great deal of theory, I find that this book is a bit lacking on explanation, as compared to "Foundations of Chinese Medicine : A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists" by Giovanni Maciocia. This book, I find is a much better basic explanation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) than "The Web That Has No Weaver." Apparently the California Acupuncture board uses The Web book for their exams, as well as others including Giovanni's. I wanted to correct my review now that I have some perspective and understanding in Chinese Medicine. Still a good book with 3 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great intro to TCM. Some of it was still over my head at the time as I had just started studying accupuncture. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked it, Just as the title, "The Web that has no Weaver". Get you Humanity to the true Medicine Path.Published 1 month ago by Tuan Pham
This text book helped me understand the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it's roots and it's value to most of the population living in areas where TCM is available. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne Dzuiblinski
Excellent book to learn about Chinese medicine & the principals of it. Easy to understand for a "newbie."Published 2 months ago by Kimadoo
I've been receiving acupuncture treatment at the local Oregon Chinese School of Medicine (OCOM), and this was recommended by my practitioner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debbie A. Poscablo
The Web that has no Weaver. Covers some VERY arcane issues which must be useful for professional acupuncturists and TCM physicians. Great clinical examples. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Neale Povey
A great comprehensive introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine. I highly recommend reading the footnotes as you read and taking notes -- there is so much information!Published 5 months ago by Esther M.