- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (May 2, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809228408
- ISBN-13: 978-0809228409
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This book has become one of my staples, lately. Nothing short of five stars, for sure. Not for everybody either. I have been into alternative medicine for quite some time, therefore, I fully understand these concepts. Unless you are a healer, a self-healer, an alternative medicine practitioner, or someone in the alternative healing/medicine field, I would not recommend it otherwise. Extremely informative, poetic in some ways, this book gently navigates you into the alternative fields of the Traditional Chinese medicine. It is quite a "work of art", I simply love it!
As a clinical dietitian with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences and a western training apporach to medical therapies, I found many new insights into the connections between illness and health; and the connectedness of mental, spiritual, and physical health. While TCM medicine may seem archaic, or a type of folk medicine, the reality is TCM is thousands of years old and quite sophisticated. Kaptchuk provides references to much of the research, both in China and the west, regarding the efficacy of Chinese Medicine. The book is packed with references.
Whether you are a casual reader simply interested in the basic concepts of Chinese Medicine, or you are a beggining student of TCM, this book is a great resource.
This book has provided new insights on my own health issues as well those of my clients. I highly recommend it.
Acupuncture embraces, rather than dictates the path to continued health
I am blessed to be taking several, various TCM treatments from a Chinese-Educated doctor who also teaches Acupuncture in the Houston area. One of his students who recently graduated and successfully passed his "Boards" recommended this book to me. It has been a challenging book to read. (I am well educated in Western Philosophies including Aristotelian, & Objectivist principles so the influence of these prior philosophical trainings put biases and undue influences upon the reading experience.) TCM is not simply miles apart from Western medicine, it's continents apart - no pun intended.
This book has explained...no, it has almost codified for my understanding why after 2.5+ years of failed western-styled medical treatments (drugs, test, and stronger drugs and more tests, etc.) which not only were failing to address the actual problems, but why those 'western' treatments had also damaged my kidneys and liver. This book addresses also 'why' TCM is doing what real medicine (as a practice) is supposed to do - why I'm getting real healing, and real results.
The Asian medical systems care about the patient, in total, and not as some disorganized group of distinct problems [to be doped up, or shot up], and that every patient is truly different requiring specific attention beyond some numbered medical file. When my doctor says something to me in [TCM] terms he is accustomed to, I now understand and can communicate better back to him, facilitating his efforts and my accelerated healing. (People with chronic pain, and even what we westerners think of as normal ailments ailments need to revisit our/their decisions (& biases) against TCM, read this book and explore the possibility that TCM which dates back over 3,000 years just might be on to something!) This book will answer hundreds and hundreds of questions.