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Does your back pain flare up in the evening? Perhaps your water element is weak. Allergies in the spring? Emotional outbursts? Perhaps your wood element is too strong. Using the five element system of Chinese cosmology as a key—wood, fire, earth, metal, water—Gail Reichstein unlocks the ancient mysteries of Chinese medicine and makes them available for the everyday health and well-being of modern readers.

Each chapter includes: -Lists of common ailments associated with each element -Feng shui solutions for the home and workplace -Acupuncture treatment -Dietary therapy -Qigong exercises

About the Author


GAIL REICHSTEIN is a writer, teacher, and licensed acupuncturist with practices in New York City and Croton-on-Hudson, New York. She is also on the faculty of the Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 1 edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568362099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568362090
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary Sandstrom on November 18, 2009
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I practice and teach qigong, and have read a dozen or so of the books recommended by my teachers, and I recommend "Wood Becomes Water" to my students as a first read on the subject of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM can quickly become complicated, but this book keeps things simple and clear and still gives a feel for the breadth and depth of the subject.
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This book is excellent for anyone starting to learn any aspect of Chinese healing or astrology. Everything is interconnected and this book expands that horizon. This should be a text book for a curriculum of any "Chinese" course. I have had no previous teachings of Chinese culture and this book explains it all without being too political
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As a Shiatsu (3rd year)student, this book is so helpfull for me, that I am using it every day.

It explaines every Element in such a way, that you can realy understand it and use it in every day's life.

I reccomend this book to everyone who wants to know more.
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This book was written wonderfully! Great for anybody wanting to learn more about Chinese Medicine, especially for beginners. The information is presented clearly and in an interesting manner. As a massage therapist I have gone back to this book to answer any curious questions I may have. Very good!
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I'm starting my third year of medical qigong training, and our instructor told us about this book in our first class of the first year. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in TCM, and/or learning what The Five Elements are. It's nicely written, humanistic/humane, but accurate, and informative. A very good place to begin!
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Great book if you are interested in Feng Shui, Chinese Medicine and overall health. You will learn and understand how everything is connected, including your home, your health, your family...
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By A Customer on January 9, 2001
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I found this book great for explaining the cycles of life in a clear manner. I think about the book often since i've read it and find it helps me understand where i am.
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I am currently a student in TCM and this book has been an invaluable source of information. The book is very thorough in explaining the elemental theory and also gives examples.
I would highly recommend anyone interested in TCM to get a copy.
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