The Tao of Healthy Eating: Dietary Wisdom According to Chinese Medicine


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By Bob Flaws
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781891845659
154 pages

This book is a layperson’s guide to healthy eating through the wisdom of Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine is more than 2,000 years old, and Chinese dietary therapy is one of the wisest, most important aspects of this ancient healing art. In this book, you will learn the Chinese medical description of digestion and all the practical implications of this description for day to day diet. Find out what Chinese medicine has to say about: cooked vs. raw foods; vegetarianism; obesity; high cholesterol; food allergies; (and) candidiasis. Also included are the Chinese medical descriptions of vitamins, minerals, (and) amino acids. If you are confused about what to eat and why, let 100 generations of Chinese physicians guide you along the Tao of Healthy Eating.

NEW features include:

  • Chinese characters & pin yin throughout the text for important terms
  • Not one, but several healthy eating pyramids for different dietary styles
  • New discussions of the modern Western diet, trans-fats, corn syrup, pesticides, and chemical additives
  • Recipes for specific pattern discrimination
  • Concise history of Chinese dietary therapy

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 75 books and scores of articles on all aspects of Chinese medicine, being a 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.

“This is one of my favorite books. I wrote it specifically to answer all the most frequently asked questions my patients ask me regarding diet. Improper diet is probably the leading cause of disease in patients seeking help from acupuncturists and professional practitioners of Chinese medicine in the West today. If the diet is not regulated for the individual, no amount of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine will get a complete and lasting treatment effect. Therefore, it is vitally important that patients seeking acupuncture and Chinese medical treatment understand both the importance of a good diet and how to select foods for their particular pattern of imbalance. This book can also be used by anyone interested in achieving a higher level of health through modifying their diet. It seems that every few months someone comes out with a new wonder diet that supposedly will cure everyone’s ills. Often these diets disappear in a matter of another few months. Chinese medicine is the oldest, continuously professionally practiced, literate, secular medicine in the world today, and its theories on a healthy diet have been honed and tested by more than 100 generations of highly trained and intelligent professional practitioners. In other words, Chinese dietary therapy has stood the test of time.” -Bob

Praise for The Tao of Healthy Eating

“At last – an easy-to-understand book on healthy Chinese dietary theory!”

-Leading Edge Review, p. 6

“This book explains the theory behind the traditional Chinese diet and how to apply 2,000 plus years of Eastern dietary wisdom to our modern Western eating habits.”

-New Age Retailer, Jan./Feb. 1992, p. 29:

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Weight .55 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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