By Bob Flaws
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Alcohol is a powerful substance. In the body and in small amounts, it can supplement and move the qi and blood, scatter cold, and vitalize the spirit. In large amounts, of course, alcohol is injurious to body and mind. For over two thousand years, in Chinese medicine, alcohol has been mixed with a large variety of medicinal substances to make medicinal wines and liqueurs. These medicinal wines are especially useful for the treatments of traumatic injuries, bi syndrome, and debility in the aged. However, they can also be used for a host of other problems.
This book contains the ingredients, method of preparation and administration, indications, and contradictions of over 200 authentic Chinese medicinal wines. Translated from both premodern and contemporary Chinese sources, this book is the largest and most complete of this subject in English.
These wines are easy to make, often requiring only one or two ingredients. Thus, they do not require a huge on-site pharmacy. Many of these ingredients are available at health and Oriental food store. Ninety-five percent of the rest of the ingredients listed in the formulas in this book can be obtained by mail from any number of suppliers whose addresses are given inside. That makes these formulas perfect for use as adjunctive remedies for acupuncturists. In addition, patient compliance in taking these wines is high.
About the Author:
Bob Flaws began his study of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in 1977 and was in practice for over 25 years before he devoted his full-time effort to writing, teaching and research. He is one of the most famous English-language teachers, authors and practitioners of Chinese medicine in the world, having published scores of books and hundreds of articles on all aspects of Chinese medicine. Bob is an NCCA Diplomat of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, a Fellow and Governor of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a founder, past president, and lifetime Fellow of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, and a Fellow of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK). Bob is a polished public speaker, and effective teacher, and an insightful thinker. He is renowned for the knowledge, clarity, and passion he brings to his work.
Praise for Chinese Medicinal Wines and Elixirs -eBook
“Chinese Medicinal Wines & Elixirs is an important and informative book that gives the history of medicinal wines in China. Few English-language books are written on Chinese medicinal wines. This one provides good guidelines for proper usage of wines with Chinese medicinal herbs… This knowledge from more than 3,000 years of Chinese medicine is valuable. The recipes in this book are beneficial not only to medical professionals but also to the lay public.”
-Alternative Therapies, November, 1995, p. 103:
“The wines are easy and quick to make, and this seems an excellent, almost too good to be true addition to prescribing enjoyable and easy to take medicines in a comforting bottle.”
Journal of Chinese Medicine (UK), September, 1995, p. 42-43: