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Introduction

Oriental Diagnosis

The medicine of China, Japan and other countries of the Far East is among the oldest in the world. This medicine can teach us a great deal that can be practically applied today. The basic philosophy of Oriental medicine is the complementary opposite of the kind of medicine currently practised in the West. Western medicine, with its emphasis on the treatment of symptoms by drugs and surgery, is increasingly powerless to cope with the rising tide of degenerative illness that now threatens to engulf the industrialised world. Clearly we need to supplement our mainly symptomatic medicine with a medicine that is preventive in direction and humane and economical in application. Oriental medicine can contribute greatly to filling this need.

The standard Oriental writings on the causes of disease stressed the relationship between an individual’s health and his or her diet, activity, spiritual attitude and total environment. No single aspect of human life was considered separate from another. The biological, psychological and spiritual were seen as related aspects of the totality. The practitioner was an adviser and teacher who could point out the source of a health problem and give practical suggestions for changes in life style that could ameliorate the problem at its source.

In Western medicine, diagnosis identifies a disease by observation of its symptoms. The experienced Oriental diagnostician, however, can foresee the development of sickness before the sick person has specific symptoms such as pain. The principal tool of Oriental diagnosis is physiognomy — the art of judging a person “from the features of the face or the form and lineaments of the body generally” (Oxford English Dictionary). The basic premise of Oriental physiognomy is that each individual represents a walking history of his or her development. The strengths and weaknesses of our parents, the environment we were brought up in, and the food we have eaten are all expressed in our present condition. Our posture, the colour of our skin, the tone of our voice and other traits are externalisations of the condition of our blood, organs, nervous system, and skeletal structure, which in turn are the result of our heredity, diet, environment, and activity.

The secret of diagnostic skill is to recognise the signs of a particular set of changes before they become serious — to see the signs that stones are developing in the kidneys, that the heart is becoming expanded, or that a cancer is developing — even before these symptoms bring pain and discomfort. This type of diagnosis depends completely on the practitioner developing his or her own sensitivity and understanding fully the principles that underlie the techniques.

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Product Details

  • Series: Introduction to Oriental Diagnosis
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (May 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895292149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895292148
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a heck of a lot of info in this book.
Kathy W
Reading this book has helped me evaluate my own health but as a yoga teacher it helped me better serve my students.
Innov8ion
I recommend this book to a person who cares about this topic - It's concise, informative, and very interesting .
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2009
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After you read this little book, you will likely never look at faces in quite the same way again. This 1983 book, originally published in London, is only 77 pages in length plus 5 pages of suggested readings, info about the writers, and an index. The cover states it is an introduction to oriental diagnosis and what your face reveals about you and your health. The preface explains that oriental diagnosis views the physical and mental aspects of the total person, in addition to the troubled organs or body parts. The analysis includes an interpretation of the person's lifestyle, including both environmental and social surroundings.

The booklet explains a bit about Yin and Yang, the diet, development of the embryo, sections of the face and the corresponding major body systems (nervous, digestion, and circulation). We look at the structure of the face, where certain lines develop on the face (and their meaning), eyes, eyebrows, eyelids, blinking, the shape and size of the mouth, the relationships of different parts of the lips to the digestive system, the teeth, the ears, the hair, balding in certain areas in relationship to weakness of certain organs, the skin coloration (red, yellow, green, blue, purple, blackness, grey, pallor, transparency, whitedness/white spots, texture, oily, wet) and what each means, lines in the hands, nails, energy meridians in the body, pulses, voice, hearing, handwriting slants, habits, food advice, and giving advice to people.

There is a heck of a lot of info in this book. The down-side is that you will probably find yourself studying obvious lines and characteristics that you see on people, especially if they have a strong influence in your life.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2003
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I thought the book was very interesting. I good start. I was expecting it to be a little more in depth on the face reading. Instead, there was more about macrobiotics than I expected. It was somewhat of an advertisement for this topic. Otherwise, I found it to be very helpful.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Townsend on February 12, 2003
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This rudimentary book explicates and interprets lines and configurations of the face, hands, and body areas, as well as voice and handwriting, according to macrobiotic principles of dietary consumption which have their roots in Oriental medicine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Penny Piatt on March 25, 2013
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Seems like it keeps repeating and not getting down to any details. Very few useful pictures. Not interesting to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Innov8ion on October 1, 2013
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Reading this book has helped me evaluate my own health but as a yoga teacher it helped me better serve my students. When they approach me with their physical discomforts I can better assess their issues as muscular or somatic. Great book:).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VickyG on January 18, 2013
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Small book, easy read, makes a nice gift for the right person who is into self discovery and wellness...it's ageless information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Worrell on March 26, 2013
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great book to see all about what goes on inside that reflects on the outside. It is so true - the face never lies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Weist on September 10, 2013
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Very pleased with it. The description of the book is right on. Also, this book is written with a language that the laymen can understand.
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