Top 10 Books About Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Here’s a list of the top 10 books on acupuncture and Chinese medicine, based on an informal poll I took (gotta love Facebook, sometimes).
If you love learning and want to learn more about TCM and acupuncture, check these out:
- The Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine – Tom Williams, PhD.
Great pictures, easy to read.
- The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness – Mischa Cohen, LAc.
Mischa presents the medicine clearly and has easy to follow suggestions for self care.
- Healing With Whole Foods, Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition – Paul Pitchford. Now in its 3rd edition.
Integrates Oriental and Western nutritional knowledge. It was one of the first books that I read on Chinese medicine. It’s not meant to be read all at once, but more as a resource for specific conditions. It lists specific foods that can aggravate and heal certain problems.
- A Manual of Acupuncture – Peter Deadman and Mazin Al-Khafaji.
Excellent, invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike. I use it all the time to re-read and remember specifics about acupuncture points. The anatomically detailed pictures of the acupoints are a must for understanding point location, if that’s what you’d like to do.
- The Web that has No Weaver – Ted Kapchuk. 7 out of 10 acupuncturists recommend it, including your truly. Some say it’s too much for the casual reader; it’s more for people who are interested in pursuing Chinese medicine as a careerpath, but you can be the judge of that.
- Chinese System of Food Cures – Henry C. Lu. Specific Chinese medicine “cures” for certain health problems. Could be useful.
- Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life – Gail Reichstein. “5 elements theory” and real-life applications in healthcare (acupuncture and diet), exercise, and feng shui.
- Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine – Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac. and Efrem Corngold, L.Ac., DOM. A thorough guide into all aspects of Chinese medicine: yin and yang theory, the phases of disease, how acupuncture and herbs work, and a nutritional guide based on Chinese medicine principles.
- Tao of Healthy Eating: Dietary Wisdom According to Chinese Medicine – Bob Flaws. This book delves into Chinese medicine theory, but only as it relates to nutrition. Foods that causes imbalances, and other foods that help to heal those imbalances.
- Adventures in Chinese Medicine – Jennifer Dubowski, L.Ac. is an overview of Chinese medicine theories and principles, written in easy-to-understand language. Plenty of pictures and diagrams. It could be a great book for children and teenagers who are showing interest in natural medicine and want to know more.
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