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Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda


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Table of Contents

Foreword: Finding the Calm Within
By John Douillard, D.C., CAP

Foreword: Bridging the Gap
By Kim Beekman



1 The Magic of Ancient Medicine
2 In the Beginning: The Roots of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine
3 The Five Elements
4 Constitution
5 Anatomy: Nuts and (Lightning) Bolts
6 Consciousness

Heal Thyself and Others

7 Understanding Imbalance and Treatment Modalities
8 Prevention and Maintenance
9 Taste and Nutrition
10 Cleansing and the Seasons

In the Clinic
11 Integrating Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine
12 The Clinic and Beyond

Appendix: The Hippocratic Oath

About the Author

Bridgette Shea, L.Ac., MAcOM, is an acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner, and Ayurveda educator whose private practice is an integration of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. She writes and teaches workshops on Ayurveda, energy medicine, and healthy breathing. She lives with her family in Saratoga Springs, New York.


"Unless we understand the cultural roots of a medical system we can't appreciate its depth, its diagnostic methods, or the reasoning for its prescriptions and treatments. If we don't compare the teachings of a medical system with other systems, we cannot understand it in a truly holistic way. In Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, Bridgette Shea provides insights into both the cultural roots of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as well as a comprehensive comparison of their similarities and differences. This perspective and its practical applications are valuable and relevant for patients seeking more information about the treatments they are receiving and invaluable for deepening the knowledge of clinicians who may be trained in only one system of healing." * David Crow, L.Ac., master herbalist, aromatherapist, and acupuncturist and founder of Floracopeia *
"Bridgette Shea, in Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, has brilliantly captured the heart of two great and enduring Asian healing traditions. She illuminates and clarifies for the practitioner and layperson alike, in a clear and practical way, how these ancient systems can work together to enhance health and well-being. Without doubt, this is a timely and invaluable contribution to the study, practice, and integration of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda in the West." * Arnie Lade, author of Energetic Healing *
"In Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, Bridgette has made a significant contribution to the translation of profound wisdom from two major health traditions into language that is readable, accessible, and true to the traditions from which it comes. As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I recognize in this text a contribution to what we call the Life Nourishing tradition. In that aspect of our medicine, the practitioner strives to first embody and then educate patients about how to be engaged in their own healing. This book will be very useful to have around the clinic-not only for patients but for me as well!" * Jason D. Robertson, M.S., L.Ac., E.A.M.P., owner of Kentucky Ginseng *
"Tackling the comparison of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine is no small feat, so kudos to Shea for attempting it, along with an interpretation of their evolution. The systems share historic roots and some general concepts, although I do not see them integrating quite so seamlessly as the book claims. The text itself tends to cover one healing system, then move on to the other, leaving detailed comparison up to the reader. This becomes a rich exercise in itself. In all, Shea, LAc, MAcOM--a Chinese and Ayurveda medicine practitioner--provides the reader with plenty of food for thought on both of these medical systems." * Kathi Keville, American Herb Association Quarterly Director *

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