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  • By S. Schmidt on September 22, 2011

    As a long-time practitioner of martial arts, tai chi, and a believer of Eastern healing methods, I truly appreciated Dr. Kuhns overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr. Kuhn not only does a great job of explaining the "whys and hows", but she also does a very good job of promoting the very mentality that is the critical component of Eastern approach to healing and medicine that Westerners, and Western medicine is deficient.As another reviewer stated, Dr. Kuhn's writing style comes across as friendly and conversational. Her struggle with writing in English is somewhat apparent, but by no means off-putting; her thoughts are delivered, statements made are clear and succinct. Some, as myself, may prefer a more scientific approach when it comes to backing up certain claims or statements about TCM. In this case, detailed and direct references could have been made in the text, rather than leaving the reader searching the appendices. However, I recognize that this style may not necessarily appeal to general readers.Finally, one of the more useful components of Dr. Kuhn's work is the addition of an appendix featuring healthy Asian recipes. If you've ever wondered how to cook "Chinese" food, and how all those wonderful flavors are blended, then this Appendix offers a great place to start learning how to combine spices, sauces, and oils, in addition to simply offering healthy meals.

  • By janet d. on December 18, 2017

    This book concisely provides a summary of the approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and includes guides to natural healing, food healing , herbal healing, acupuncture and acupressure points charts, and exercises illustrated with easy to follow pictures. I had checked it out from the library and found it has so much information presented so well that I wanted to have a copy - so I ordered it from amazon and had it two days later.

  • By Jeanette Merriam on July 16, 2014

    This book is easy to read and educational. I have slowly been going through the stretches and dietary changes and have noticed a difference in my overall health. I feel more energetic and flexible. Highly recommend this book to those who are looking for an easy life style change.

  • By 3cookies5 on February 1, 2017

    Very thorough and touches on all important aspects for living a healthy and well nutritional​ life.

  • By Sunshine on December 8, 2014

    A great book from a great doctor! Highly recommended. Simple recommendations from this book have helped me tremendously in maintaining a good health and keeping the stress level down. I was a patient of Dr Kuhn and I cannot thank her enough for her help.

  • By Harold on October 25, 2015

    Excellent and clear advice on TCM. Well-written.

  • By Demitri Pevzner on July 4, 2009

    For anyone interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can't go wrong with Dr. Aihan's book. Every essential concept and theory is covered in great detail, and examples are provided to illustrate the points. If you are new to the concept of Chinese medicine, this book will explain everything in a precise, detailed manner.The first section covers the differences between Western and Eastern medicines. While my general impression of the book is positive, this particular section was a bit of a stretch. Along the first few pages, there is a statement that TCM is based on "several millennia of practical experience," while later in the book it states that TCM has been practiced for roughly 5000 years (the latter statement being more realistic.) Secondly, some sections of the book reference medical cases and studies for claims like Qi Gong = longevity, without referencing specific research. While I do not doubt this statement, IMO vague references to research are a red flag for any book trying to give a thorough overview of any art or science. Citing specific research enables a reader to cross reference material for accuracy, and generally provides the written material with more credibility.The book provides comparisons and contrast between Western and Eastern medicine, using diagrams to illustrate the core differences between the two disciplines. The author seems to have a realistic outlook of both, and points out the pros and cons of each. However, her overall conclusion varies by circumstance, where TCM is more geared towards certain chronic ailments, while Western medicine is better geared towards others.The 5 element theory of TCM is explained clearly, the qi meridians and acupuncture points are discussed, and several pressure point treatments are provided as an example. Various means of diagnosis (pulse, tongue, odor) and treatment are discussed, and various treatments are described. There is a brief section dedicated to Tui Na (massage,) and several exercises for the relief of neck pain, stress, headaches, and indigestion.One of my favorite sections is dedicated to disease prevention, focusing on the benefits and detriments of various foods. This section focuses on finding a happy medium, eating right, balancing nutrition, and eating specific foods to treat various ailments. Weight reduction and supplements are also discussed in relation to TCM, and a food control program and eating log are provided.The Qi Gong section of the book discusses general Qi Gong practice, and Taiji Quan. It starts by trying to define Taoism, which amounts to 4 pages of vagueness, and advice to read the Tao Te Ching and record your thoughts. In my opinion, this is one section of the book that could have been left out. There is also an excellent cancer prevention section which gives practical advice and provides a daily routine of light exercise. One section features Qi Gong for preventing breast cancer, which I found to be very interesting. Oddly enough, it does not provide any directions for breathing or mental focus, which are generally important in Qi Gong practice.I was pleasantly surprised to see a section dedicated to the Ba Dua Jin (8 Brocade Qi Gong.) If you are interested in health, this set has a proven track record of keeping the practitioner in good shape, and is one of the better known Qi Gong sets around the world. I did, however, have a knee-jerk reaction when Taiji Quan was mentioned as an "energy system" that is to be practiced in a non-competitive manner. However, this being a TCM book which focuses on Taiji as a healing exercise more so than a martial art, the context is more than understandable.The final section deals with general health tips, covering various trends found in people who live to be well within their 90s and 100s. Various herbal tonics are listed for various ailments. One of my favorite sections features a set of healthy recepies which alone would have made this book worth the cost. You get directions for dishes like vegetarian sushi wrap, various soups, stir fried vegetables, spicy rice, miso soup, salads and curry dishes.Overall, this book tries to present a lot of information within a limited space, and as a result, some topics feel condensed (or rather, like the Taoism section, cannot be defined in the brief space provided.) However, the material presented is solid, the author is a doctor who has been practicing medicine for many years, and the content is well organized. While I would have preferred clear references to medical studies, the book presents its information in a credible manner, and follows through on its intent to present TCM in simplified terms which would be accessible to the average reader.

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