The Treatment of Modern Western Diseases with Chinese Medicine: A Textbook and Clinical Manual, Expanded Edition


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By Bob Flaws & Philippe Sionneau
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781891845208
600 pages, 8.50 x 11.00″

This work, a collaboration of two distinguished Chinese medicine clinicians, translators, and authors, is a rare opportunity for practitioners and students to have access to the most complete clinical manual on the Chinese medical treatment of modern Western diseases. Monumental in size, the book covers the acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment of more than 65 modern Western medical diseases, many of which have never before been discussed in the Chinese medical literature. A partial listing of some of the diseases covered in this 600-page book include: allergic rhinitis; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Alzheimer’s disease; benign prostatic hypertrophy; bronchial asthma; carpal tunnel syndrome; cervical spondylosis; chronic active hepatitis; chronic glomerulonephritis; chronic pancreatitis; chronic prostatitis; chronic sinusitis; coronary artery disease; Crohn’s disease; Cushing’s syndrome; diabetes mellitus; gout; Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; herpes genitalia; herpes zoster; hyperlipoproteinemia; interstitial cystitis; macular degeneration; migraines; multiple sclerosis; periodontal disease; peripheral neuropathy; and piriformis syndrome.

Expanded Edition

Since the initial publication of this book, the most complete clinical manual on the Chinese medical treatment of modern Western diseases, it has become far and away the best selling title that we publish. Now this second edition has been expanded, updated, and improved. This edition covers 79 common Western diseases, seven more than the previous text. For each disease, the book covers both acupuncture and Chinese medicine protocols for treatment as well as a comprehensive review of Western medicine. In addition, all the herb listing have been reformatted as easy-to-read lists instead of paragraphs, and all herbs are now listed with pin yin first and Latin nomenclature second. Finally, all herbal listings have been updated to correspond to changes in the latest edition of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica by Bensky, Clavey, and Stoger.

Diseases added in this expanded edition:

  • Still’s Disease
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Fanconi’s Syndrome
  • Dengue Fever
  • Costochondritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Romberg’s Syndrome

Praise for The Treatment of Modern Western Diseases with Chinese Medicine

“This book represents another major step in the development of a more comprehensive view of East Asian medicine. The authors help students and practitioners begin to think their way around frequently seen clinical scenarios that are not covered in other English language sources.”

—Greg Bantick, B.Ac., MTOM, Senior Lecturer, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

“These two unanimously recognized and appreciated specialists in their field have managed to combine the nosology of modern Western medicine with the subtle, multidimensional modes of thousands-year-old traditional Chinese medicine. This powerful textbook is a rich, invaluable, and totally accessible source of diagnostic and therapeutic teachings, even for experts of Chinese medicine.”

—Patrick Basmadjian, M.D. & acupuncturist (Belgium)

“Written by two of the West’s most prolific teachers, writers, researchers, and clinicians of Chinese medicine and written specifically for Western practitioners of Chinese medicine, this book is the first comprehensive clinical resource of its kind. Its detailed Chinese medical discussions of more than 60 diseases, including concise Chinese medical disease mechanisms and detailed medicinal in acupuncture treatment protocols, as well as an Introduction that will improve every practitioner’s clinical skills in treating the complicated Western diseases we see in real-life practice are sure to make this superb work the most valuable textbook and clinical manual on the shelves of every Western practitioner of Chinese medicine.”

—Simon Becker, Dipl. Ac. & C.H., Author of A Handbook of Chinese Hematology

“This book skillfully combines a clear and complete approach to each disease by both Western and Chinese medicine. Physiopathology, clinical aspects, and therapeutics are described thoroughly and precisely in both systems. It is a bridge that will enable MD’s to understand the Chinese medical point of view and Chinese medical practitioners to gain clear access to the Western medical approach. A brilliant synthesis!”

—Florence Bouvelot-Brézillon, M.D. & acupuncturist (France)

“It must be said with great verve: There is no other book like this one in the cross-cultural bibliography of East-West healing. It is destined to quench the yearning of many seasoned practitioners that uncomfortably straddle both healing realms. It is like finally having a bilingual encyclopedic clinical dictionary that adroitly renders obeisance to both languages. Bravo!!”

—Robert J. Casanas, M.A., M.D., Board-certified Internist, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, University of California

“This excellent text provides a sophisticated response to one of the more pressing concerns facing practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine today: how to integrate contemporary clinical experience with ancient therapeutic wisdom. The authors systematically analyze a comprehensive range of modern diseases and syndromes from both a Western and Chinese medical perspective using intelligent and well-researched interpretations of etiology, pathophysiology, and diagnosis, including classical and contemporary reference materials. The result is a serious clinical manual of internal medicine which focuses on modern, recalcitrant disease and the relevance of Traditional Chinese Medicine in both understanding and treating it. This is a text that any practitioner, faced with their more challenging cases, from chronic fatigue syndrome to irritable bowel syndrome to multiple sclerosis, will be excited about. It will enhance not only their therapeutic endeavors, but also their ability to integrate Western and Eastern interpretations of disease. As such, any committed practitioner of TCM will want it in their library immediately.”

—Nigel Dawes, M.A., L.Ac., Dean, Graduate School of Oriental Medicine New York College of Wholistic Medicine, New York, USA

“The Treatment of Modern Western Medical Diseases with Chinese Medicine represents a major contribution to the professional literature of TCM. Bob Flaws and Philippe Sionneau have crafted a brilliant text based on scholarly review of the contemporary medical literature and their own clinical insights and wisdom. This volume provides a wealth of clinically relevant information which will be of immediate use to both students and professional practitioners of TCM. This text is destined to become a standard reference in the practice of TCM in the West.”

—Steve Erickson, Dipl. Ac. & C.H., Assistant Professor, Northwestern Health Sciences University

“While this may not be the first book to describe the Chinese pattern discrimination and treatment of modern Western diseases, this one is the most helpful in that it addresses the complexity of the mixed patterns we tend to see in our patients with ever increasing frequency these days. Rather than simple patterns with one root cause, we tend to see even the most apparently simple conditions complicated by layers of chronic illness which must be considered and appropriately dealt with in order for full and lasting function and balance to be restored. All in all, this is a very practical text.”

—Gary Klepper, D.C., Certified Chiropractic Acupuncturist

“Every book published by Blue Poppy Press is exceptional in its material, and now The Treatment of Modern Western Medical Diseases with Chinese Medicine joins its predecessors as one of the most knowledgeable and informative resources for medical practitioners. It is refreshing to have both the Chinese and Western medical approaches to disease readily available under one cover and to have the current medical literature from both ends of the spectrum at one’s fingertips. Thank you again, Blue Poppy Press, for your innovative, thorough, and unparalleled approach.”

—Lynn Kuchinski, M.I.M., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. & C.H., Author of Controlling Diabetes Naturally with Chinese Medicine

“In order for Chinese medicine, and in particular, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), to become more integrated into medical practice in the West, there is a need to bridge the many conceptual and practical differences between Western medicine and Chinese medicine. In his latest work, The Treatment of Modern Western Medical Diseases with Chinese Medicine, Bob Flaws, along with Philippe Sionneau, have produced a text that is, I believe, a major step in the integration of these two medicines. Written in a clear style and very well organized and produced, this book will provide practitioners with much valuable information both for understanding these two medicines as well as for using Chinese medicine in caring for Western patients who have Western medical diagnoses. Western medical practitioners with an interest in professional level Chinese medicine will find a great abundance of information to further their understanding. Practitioners of Chinese medicine in Western countries have within this text a multitude of invaluable clinical insights and, perhaps more importantly, an excellent source for an overall approach to utilizing Chinese medicine/TCM in approaching patients who have been diagnosed and treated with Western medicine. As a Western-trained physician practicing Chinese medicine, I applaud the publication of this text and heartily recommend it to any practitioner desiring a more harmonious fusion of Chinese and Western medical practice.”

—Charles May, M.D., DOM, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology Diplomate, American Boards of Family Practice & Emergency Medicine, former instructor and board member, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

“This volume will serve not only as a valuable reference for all experienced practitioners but, more importantly, its detailed analytical approach will serve to teach and inspire less accomplished practitioners to begin to manage complex Western diseases.”

—John Pan, M.D., Clinical Professor & Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center

“Hyperthyroidism, essential hypertension, and fibromyalgia are Western medical terms, while qi goiter, wasting thirst, and seasonal epidemics are traditional Chinese medical terms, and all have their own reality. This work represents a magnificent bridge between these different medicines which is solidly constructed on clear, precise, profound, and impeccable exposition of these different terms. This is an indispensable book for all those who hope to encounter harmony on the path of medicine.”

—José A. Roquet, M.D., President of the Scientific Association of Medical Acupuncturists of Barcelona (Spain)

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Weight 3.20 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 2 in


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