By Bob Flaws
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Fulfilling the Essence is another addition to Bob Flaws’s series of books on TCM gynecology. This series includes A Handbook of Menstrual Diseases in Chinese Medicine, Fire in the Valley: Vaginitis, Leukorrhea & Cervicitis and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Path of Pregnancy, Vol. I: A Handbook of Traditional Chinese Gestational & Birthing Diseases, and Path of Pregnancy, Vol. II: A Handbook of Traditional Chinese Postpartum Diseases. In this book, Bob surveys both the Chinese textbook literature on female infertility as well as the modern Chinese journal literature on this condition. In the chapter on the treatment according to pattern diagnosis, Bob has compiled the largest selection of herbal formulas for the treatment of infertility of any book on this subject in English. In the subsequent chapters, he discusses the TCM treatment of the various Western diseases associated with infertility, such as:
- Female Immunologic Infertility
- Fallopian Tube Blockage
- Endocrine Imbalances
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Uterine Myoma
- Luteal Phase Defect
Bob also discusses modern Chinese protocols based on kidney supplementation, the multiphasic approach to formula writing, the use of basal body temperature in TCM diagnosis and treatment planning, and the use of external and adjunctive therapies, such as plasters and enemas. Further, he introduces the role of candidiasis in the treatment of the above Western diseases and female infertility and concludes by discussing some of the special difficulties of treating this condition with TCM in the West. Thus this book is an indispensable addition to the clinical library of any practitioner treating women for infertility.
About the author:
Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac. & C.H., is one of the most famous Western doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the world today. An internationally known author and lecturer on Chinese medicine, Bob Flaws has been practicing and teaching Chinese medicine for more than 20 years. His other credits include writing, translating, and editing more than 100 books and scores of articles on all aspects of Chinese medicine, being a past Governor & Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, a founder, past president, and Lifetime Fellow of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, a Fellow of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK), and a founder of the Council of Oriental Medical Publishers and the National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Alliance. Bob has been in private practice in Boulder, CO since 1977.
“For several years I specialized almost entirely in the treatment of female infertility. Because of this, I found myself constantly digging out answers for my Western patients from the Chinese journal literature. Huge strides have been made in the People’s Republic of China in the treatment of this particular disease. It’s modern treatment is considerably different from its traditional treatment, since modern Chinese doctors typically coordinate their prescriptions with each woman’s menstrual cycle and use Western laboratory tests and physical exams to assess and modify treatment. Therefore, there is a huge body of specialized literature and outcome studies available on the latest advances in the treatment of female infertility. As a practitioner, I knew I could not do a professionally adequate job for my patients without access to this literature. Therefore, I felt it was my obligation to share this information with other Western practitioners. Female infertility can be a heart-wrenching condition for everyone involved. If this book helps even one family have a baby when previously they were not able, then all the time and energy I put into its creation will have been well worthwhile.” -Bob