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Chinese Natural Cures: Traditional Methods for Remedy and Prevention

Chinese Natural Cures: Traditional Methods for Remedy and Prevention

by Henry C. Lu




The most comprehensive, trusted, and user-friendly guide to Chinese traditional medicine is finally available in a handy paperback.

A perennial backlist bestseller in hardcover, Chinese Natural Cures remains the most complete and up-to-date book available in the Western world on the system and wisdom of Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine is made up of four distinct methods of treatment: the use of herbs, acupuncture, the use of certain foods, and massage. Its practices can be used side-by-side with traditional Western medicine and have been growing steadily in popularity in the U.S. over the past decade. Written by world renowned practitioner Dr. Henry C. Lu, Chinese Natural Cures is a complete and user-friendly guide to the principals and methods of Chinese medicine. Included here are treatments for dozens of ailments and complaints such as body pains, digestive problems, sleep disorders, infertility, and more. An encyclopedic section on herbs includes the classification of all Chinese herbs and their application, and a comprehensive section on the Chinese system of food cures offers vital information on how a wide variety of foods can prevent or cure disease. Dozens of easy-to-follow charts organize all of this invaluable information for reference at a glance.

This handsomely designed new paperback edition is smaller and handier, and is sure to bring the traditions of Chinese medicine to an even wider audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579125462
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2006
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Henry C. Lu, Ph.D., has been practicing Chinese medicine since 1972, and teaches Chinese medicine all over the world. Dr. Lu's books are recommended by the Board of Acupuncture Examiners in the United States. He currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Read an Excerpt

Traditional Chinese medicine goes back over 3,000 years. It was not developed by any particular individual; rather, it grew out of the necessity of maintaining good health among the Chinese people. The ancient Chinese, like all of us, had to struggle against diseases in order to stay in good health. In the process, they came to see the benefits of consuming herbs (known as Chinese herbology today), inserting needles in the body (known as Chinese acupuncture today), eating the right foods (known as Chinese food cures today), massaging the body (knows as Chinese manipulative therapy today) and exercising the body (known as qi-gong and tai-ji).

Today, traditional Chinese medicine is practiced in China side by side with modern Western medicine. There are as many hospitals of traditional Chinese medicine as modern hospitals of Western medicine. From the Chinese point of view, traditional Chinese medicine is on an equal footing with Western medicine.

You may ask why we need traditional Chinese medicine when modern, scientific medicine is available to all of us. The reason is that many diseases and ailments that cannot be cured by Western medicine can be treated by traditional Chinese medicine successfully. It is a fact that many patients experience instant relief of pain when treated with Chinese acupuncture, which cannot be achieved by Western medicine. In addition, traditional Chinese medicine has proven superior to Western medicine in the treatment of skin, liver and kidneys diseases, as well as many other diseases.

Excerpted from Chinese Natural Cures by Henry C. Lu Copyright (c)1994. Reprinted with permission by BD&L Publishers

Table of Contents


The system of traditional Chinese medicine


Causes of diseases

The internal organs

Diagnosis: methods & syndromes

8 grand methods of treatment


Traditional food remedies

Longevity and conventional Chinese wisdom



Clinical diagnosis: case studies

Treatment of complaints

Treatment of diagnosed disorders


Classification of Chinese herbs

Herbs & their legends

Herbal formulas


Energies and flavors of foods

Actions of foods and the balanced diet

Body types and the Yin-Yang principles

Preventing and curing ailments

Chinese diet for weight loss

Deficiency and excess diseases and Chinese foods

Deficiency and excess diseases and aging

Making and storing food cures

Energy tonic foods

Blood tonic foods

Yin tonic foods

Yang tonic foods

Lung & live tonic foods

Heart & stomach tonic foods

Spleen tonic foods

Foods for eliminating toxic heat

Foods for eliminating damp heat

Foods for eliminating sputum

Foods for promoting energy circulation

Foods for promoting blood circulation

Miscellaneous useful foods

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