Herbal Healing Secrets of the Orient

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9780138493165: Herbal Healing Secrets of the Orient

This guide shows you exactly how to harness the healing power of the 108 Oriental herbs that are the foundation of Chinese medicine - and are currently gaining increasing acceptance by Western healers and patients. This health-giving guide written by a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine shows you which herbs are best for which ailments and body types ... where to find them ... how to be suer of their quality ... and how to store them, take them, and combine them for maximum effectiveness. You'll also find delicious recipes that combine healing herbs and foods, a complete resource guide, and interesting case studies. Through these gentle yet powerful immunity-enhancing preparations, you'll be able to correct the physical or emotional imbalance responsible for such common ailments as colds, flus, digestive problems, heart problems, coughing, wheezing, and lowered sex drive or performance. And unlike so many of today's modern drugs, Oriental herbs bring you only a most desirable side effect: that of increased overall health and joy of life.

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"The truth is that all herbs are not for all people all of the time," writes Darlena L'Orange, an herbalist/acupuncturist/anthropologist. While cautioning against following the herbal fad-of-the-month, she describes all of the natural substances known to help humans in every area of health and wellness, from alleviating colds to fighting off anorexia. The depth of detail in Herbal Healing Secrets of the Orient is astonishing. It encompasses Eastern medical wisdom (why liver problems lead to both excess anger and "doormat" personalities, for example); how-to information (dendrobium, from a tree-dwelling orchid, helps relieve lower-back pain and improve vision); and recipes galore (including one to help alleviate gas caused by switching to a plant-based diet).

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This comprehensive handbook of Chinese herbal medicines begins with an introduction to basic Chinese health concepts. L'Orange, an acupuncturist and herbalist, reviews the Five Element System and lists foods and herbs that can help balance these energies. Western medical approaches and research are mentioned when relevant to the discussion of conditions or disharmonies. The author describes in detail the principles of combining herbs into formulas and their preparation. Chapter 3, which constitutes half the book, lists 108 commonly used herbs, giving for each a brief history of use, where it is grown, healing qualities, use in herbal combinations, and herbs with similar actions. L'Orange discusses three dozen common ailments, breaking them down more specifically from a Chinese point of view and giving the reader suggestions for specific individual herbs, Chinese patent remedies, or her preferred classical formulas. Chinese herbal medicine is generally safe, with few side effects; adequate precautions are provided by the author. The book ends with several recipes incorporating healing foods and herbs for each type of general imbalance. Penny Spokes

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