By Miki Shima
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This timeless Chinese classic of philosophy and metaphysics is presented in a special version written especially with the healthcare practitioner in mind. It includes diagnostic and prognostic indications for each of the 8 trigrams, 64 hexagrams, and all changing lines. Shima also includes extensive instructions on using all types of casting methods and the pros and cons of each, interpretation of readings, and an entire chapter of case histories.
Chinese doctors of antiquity have strongly asserted a great many times that, “Medicine is connected to the I Ching.” This might also be translated as, “Medicine is made intelligible by the I Ching,” or even “Medicine opens through the I Ching.”
Sun Si-Miao said. “Without understanding the I Ching, it is not possible to become a supreme doctor (tai yi).”
Zhang Jie-bin said, “The theory of the Nei Jing is based on the theory of the I Ching.” And, “If the theory of the I Ching is not clear, neither can one know the Nei Jing clearly.”
Based on these statements, a literature developed in China called yi yi or medical I (Ching). This is exemplified by Tang Zong-hai’s Clarifying Words on Medicine and the I Ching; Li Yu-cun’s A Guide to the Reasoning of the Medical I Ching; and Shao Tong-zhen’s Medicine and I Ching, One Theory amongst a number of other books.
The importance of the I Ching in medicine is still reiterated today. Sifu Tsuei Wei has said, “If the Nei Jing is the door to the treasure house of Chinese medicine classics, then the I Ching is the key.”
Now, with the publication of Dr. Miki Shima’s The Medical I Ching: Oracle of the Healer Within, perhaps the most clinically useful part of this medical I Ching literature is being introduced to the West.
About the author:
Miki Shima, OMD, Lic. Ac, was born in post-war Japan. He has studied with a arge number of Japanese master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine as well as the I Ching. In addition, Dr. Shima reads both classical and modern Chinese and so has been able to research the Chinese medical I Ching literature extensively himself. Dr. Shima is a popular teacher of Japanese acupuncture who regularly lectures at seminars and conferences around the U.S. He conducts a private practice in Marin County, California.
Praise for The Medical I Ching -eBook
“The I Ching, that sage and venerable book of the ancient Chinese spirit has again found a new expression in The Medical I Ching: Oracle of the Healer Within by Miki Shima, OMD. Written for the health-care practitioner, this timeless classic is an interpretation of the traditional I Ching hexagrams specifically designed for diagnosis of “dis-ease” or inappropriate flow of life energy. It includes a discussion of casting methods; a chapter of fascinating case histories; and extensive information on medical interpretation. Highly recommended!”
-Leading Edge Review, p. 15
“Chinese doctors of antiquity strongly concurred with Sun Si-miao that “without understanding the I Ching, it is not possible to become a supreme doctor.” The present volume is only the latest addition to a large body of literature known in China as yi yi, or medical (I) Ching and the first in English. With the publication of this ‘exciting, original work’ (Dr. Janet Zand, ND, OMD), the most clinically useful parts of this tradition are being introduced to the West.”
-Bookpaper, January, 1993, p. 14:
“A specially written version of the I Ching or Book of Change, China’s great dividinatory and philosophical classic… This book enables health care practitioners to ask the oracle questions concerning their patients’ diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, thus accessing a higher source of wisdom.”
-Moving Words, December, 1992
“For the first time in English, Dr. Miki Shima has synthesized the age old wisdom of the I Ching and the vast body of Chinese Medicine. I strongly recommend this exciting, original work.”
-Dr. Janet Zand, ND, OMD.
“I firmly believe that this volume is the first of its kind in the West and will further the understanding of this ancient book of wisdom. I have no problem in recommending Dr. Shima’s work on the I Ching to anyone intersested in practicing medicine, Western or Oriental.”
-Grandmaster Sango Kobayashi
“Dr Shima … has presented us with a rather provocative work which serves to remind every practitioner of Oriental medicine that being a healer involves both sides of human consciousness – the intuitive as well as the rational.”
-Peter Eckman, M.D., Ph.D.