Essential Texts in Chinese Medicine: The Single Idea in the Mind of the Yellow Emperor


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By Richard Bertschinger
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781848191624
320 pages, 6.00 x 9.00″

This selection of the key texts on Chinese medicine, taken from the Huangdi Neijing (the Yellow Emperor’s Medical Classic), provides the passage vital for students and practitioners to understand and work with in their practice today.

The Chinese text given, with a new translation, supported by a commentary that explains the meaning and importance of the lines and their core relevance to modern practice. Ming doctor and scholar Li Zhongzi’s selection is taken as basis, and additional texts from the Huangdi Neijing on topics relevant for modern practitioners, such as the spirit in treatment, a resonance with nature, the art of needling, and the Five Elemental body and personality types, are included.

About the author:

Richard Bertschinger studied for many years with the Taoist Master, Gia-fu Feng. He is an acupuncturist, teacher of the healing arts, translator of ancient Chinese texts, and author of The Great Intent: Acupuncture Odes, Songs and Rhymes, The Secret of Everlasting Life, Yijing, Shamanic Oracle of China and Everyday Qigong Practice, also published by Singing Dragon.

Praise for Essential Texts in Chinese Medicine

“This book is a mentor, gently holding students’ hands, and the content is practice orientated. The introduction section alone accelerated my learning by yeasr and the accurate and insightful translation of the key words illuminates some of the crucial background of Chinese thinking.”

-Cheng-Hao Zhou, BM(TCM, China) MRCHM, MBAcC, Lecturer and Year Leader, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK.

“’Gather wood without the forester and you will soon become lost in the forest,’ advises the Yijing. Bertschinger is a consummate guide through the forest of China’s earliest medical writings. This insightful and beautifully wrought commentary on the Yellow Emperor’s Classic is essential reading for the beginning, middle, and end of your studies.”

-Charles Buck, Chairman of the British Acupuncture Council and author of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: Roots of Modern Practice

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Weight 1.00 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × .75 in


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