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A Comprehensive Handbook for Traditional Chinese Medicine Facial Rejuvenation Paperback – March 20, 2007
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As an acupuncturist, I found this book to be broad in scope but light on details. It certainly is not the "bible of excellence" as one reviewer noted, although I do not doubt that the author is well-versed in her field. As with many expert practitioners, it is often difficult for them to translate their knowledge in a way that less expert individuals can make sense of it. The author assumes that the reader has a great deal of knowledge in the areas of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, as well as a basic understanding of cosmetology. That is a big assumption. Nowadays, one would also need to be knowledgeable about quality assurance management in order to assess adulteration concerns for any herbal products coming from China. At our clinic, we only use Chinese herbal products made by US companies that have gone through our quality control audit, which is quite time consuming. While herbal products from China may be superior, I do not have the expertise or time to evaluate them.
Pragmatically, I question some of the statments the author makes. For example, I do not think one should broadly suggest doing gua sha or cupping on the face, as the author suggests, unless the practitioner is well trained in those modalities. My concerns about bruising increases when gua sha and cupping are done together with facial acupuncture, as outlined in some protocols.Read more ›
Now for the positive. There are some good treatment protocols in the book and helpful food suggestions. I can't comment of their efficacy, but I look forward to giving them a shot. I don't think this book is the one book with all of the answers but it is a great supplement. This is obviously geared towards the professional practitioner.
Oh well .. the search and experimentation continues..
Mind you .. having said all that - acupuncture, massage, dermal roller advice is all quite adequate.
The book gives you basic concepts, and of course not only focusing on wrinkles and dark circles using needles... but also using body points and herbs...
Not sure if I will "make" my own herbal masks, but it is a great idea.
Overall, great book with great pictures!
Keep up the good work Doc...
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Great tool to have around and refer back to. I am a practitioner of Acupuncture and just love facial rejuvenation. Thank you!Published on March 4, 2013 by Sheila E. Domantay
In addition to erroneous TCM general information, there are also many typos in the book. I am not counting typos as incorrect information. Read morePublished on May 16, 2009 by peaceandlight
This is a very nice addition to my academic library. I am currently an acupuncture student and the topic of facial rejuvenation is not part of the curriculum, yet. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Page Pixie Veronica